Building your own disaster kit can help prepare you for emergency situations

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PEORIA, Ill. — Disaster situations can strike at any moment and it is important to always be prepared.

Making your own disaster kit isn’t very hard and can be very beneficial in a dire situation. Below are some things to include in your own kits.

• Water for drinking and sanitation: One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days
• Food: At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
• Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA weather radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• Whistle to signal for help
• Dust mask to help filter contaminated air, plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
• Moist towelettes, garbage bags, plastic bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• Manual can opener for food
• Local maps
• Cell phone with chargers, inverter, or solar charger.

A lot of people think that they will never find themselves in a weather emergency situation, don’t let that be you. Always be ready for any situation. It is never a bad thing to be too prepared.

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