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Make sure you have the essentials.

In the event of a disaster or other emergency, you and your family (including our four legged friends) may need to survive on your own. This means having food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. This is especially important for individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs who may need special equipment, medicine, and resources in a disaster or emergency.

Most items you need for your kit can be found around your home or purchased for low costs from discount grocery stores or other discount retailers.  Consider making additional purchases over time to increase your preparedness within your budget. Gather those items in a kit, a water resistant container or backpack, in case you need to evacuate.  Remember to check on the kit on a regular basis.  Kit items can expire, like canned food and bottled water.  Also, remember to include important documents in your kit like copies of birth certificates, lease documents, and prescription information.  You can learn more about putting together a kit for your family from the American Red Cross or Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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No one wants to be without important supplies during a time they are needed the most. The St. Louis region has a number of organizations ready to assist during times of emergency, but they can't get to everyone right away. It's important that residents do their part to make sure they have needed supplies and medication to survive on their own, whether it's for a few hours or a few days. A preparedness kit can be a real lifesaver.

Your emergency kit should contain the things that will keep you comfortable and safe during a range of situations. At a minimum, you should have three days worth of food, water and other necessary items such as medication or first-aid supplies. It's also wise to keep some cash on hand in case there are difficulties accessing money. If you're a pet owner, don't forget about them too! Store in an easily portable case that you can grab-and-go in case of an evacuation.

Additionally, it's wise to have two-weeks' worth of supplies at home, in case stores are closed or you cannot leave the area.
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