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How To Stay Prepared For Emergency Situations


JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) - The Red Cross says the most important thing you can do is to be prepared for emergency situations. 



They say you can help disaster response personnel by helping yourself, which means be prepared if disaster strikes and build a disaster kit.


There are plenty of lists that exist to create the ideal disater kit. But some of the basics that FEMA and the Red Cross recommend include the following:

  • A flashlight with extra batteries - in emergency situations, you never want to light candles in case of a gas leak
  • A warm blanket for every person in the house, especially in Michigan due to storms in the winter
  • Most importantly water - the Red Cross recommends one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days for drinking and for sanitation

Even if you or your family never need to use the kit, it might make a difference for someone else. "Your next door neighbor's house may have been hit and they may need something. It just doesn't hurt to have essentials handy and be ready to help yourself and/or your neighbor," said Beth Philo with the South Centeral Michigan Red Cross Chapter.

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