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Everyone Should Have an Emergency Kit

Part of being prepared for a community emergency or natural disaster (CEND) incident is being prepared with the appropriate items to escape, communicate, shelter-in-place and survive.  It is recommended by many authorities that emergency kits be comprised of those items and information that allow you to survive for at least 72 hours and recover from a CEND incident if ever your household goods are damaged or lost.   There are many good websites that describe and recommend specific contents of a satisfactory emergency kit.  It should also be emphasized that a good emergency kit not only contain consumable supplies and items but preparations should also include information needed to adequately locate and replace financial and medical prescriptions, cards and information.  Federal guidance can be found at the website listed below.

http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

Don't Forget Your Financial First Aid Kit!

Prior to a disaster, there are many things you can do to get prepared.  In addition to a photo inventory of the interior and exterior of your home, periodic documentation of your belongings may prove to be very important as well.  What is often overlooked is the value of important documents.  For ready access, important documents are often kept within easy reach but in vulnerable locations such as in the kitchen.  Having backup copies stored in a secure basement location, safety deposit box or some other geographic location should be seriously considered.  The attachment below will help you recall which documents you may want to store in a safe location. 

Financial First Aid Kit

More information can be found at:  

http://www.ready.gov/financial-preparedness

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