Severe Weather Awareness: Build a Kit

Greensboro, NC -- This week, March 3-9, has been declared North Carolina's Severe WeatherAwareness week for 2013. So far this week topics have included knowing your risk, developing a severe weather action plan and today's focus is on building a kit.

A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of a weather emergency.

The idea is to have this kit assembled well in advance of an emergency so you do not have to think about gathering essential items when time is in short supply.

A weather survival kit will consist of items that will assist you after a weather emergency when you may need to survive on your own. This means having your own food, water and other supplied in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. While local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster they are not always equipped or able to assist everyone immediately.

Basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or in worst-case-scenarios weeks. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.

Here is a list of items the National Weather Service recommends you include in your emergency kit:

- Water, one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation

- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

- Battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries for both

- Flashlight and extra batteries

- First Aid kit

- Whistle to signal for help

- Infant formula and diapers, if you have an infant

- Cleaning items, moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

- Dust mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter air

- Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

- Adequate clothing, such as a jacket or coast, long pants, a long sleeve shirt, sturdy shoes, rain gear, and a hat and gloves

- A sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person

Mess kits, paper towels, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils

- Fire Extinguisher

- Matches in a waterproof container

- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container

You can learn more about building a kit, and download a more complete list of kit items by visiting

The Red Cross also has items available for purchase that you can put in your emergency preparedness kit.

Continue to check in on and watch WFMY News 2 all week longto gain valuable severe weather information. Severe weather season inthe Triad is from March-May, but severe weather can occur at any pointthroughout the entire year.


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