Ways to make sure your family is prepared for an emergency

TULSA - Help protect your family against potential weather disasters and emergency situations by compiling an emergency supply kit.

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days.

According to FEMA, local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days.

In addition, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer.

The kit can be assembled over a five-month period on a weekly basis. Perishable items should be changed or replaced every six months.

The Weather Channel suggests including essentials such as a battery-operated radio, flashlight, extra batteries, and water.

A sufficient amount of food is also an important part of the kit. According to FEMA, a minimum three-day supply of non-perishable food that requires no refrigeration or preparation and little or no water is a good amount to include.

A first aid kit is important in the event of an emergency. Also, be sure to stash any non-prescription medicines, pet supplies, and baby supplies away in an emergency kit as well.

This kit could be key to you and your family's survival in the unlikely event of an emergency, severe weather, or natural disaster. So be prepared, and plan ahead. 

For more information on how to prepare an emergency kit for your home visit FEMA's "Ready America" website.

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