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As the thunder storms here in Bedford County kept me awake last night, I began wondering if I was truly prepared in the event of an emergency. Of course the answer was, not really. I am probably not going out on a limb if I suggest that the same might be true for many of you.

I was able to come across information from the federal government’s emergency preparedness website: It was filled with many great ideas including suggesting that every family should have an emergency supplies kit in a readily accessible location. Following is a partial list of the items recommended for that kit:

Water. One gallon per person, per day is suggested.

Food. Enough non-perishable food to feed your family for 3 days.

A first aid kit.

Prescription drugs and medications.

Flashlights and extra batteries.

Bleach. In case you need to disinfect water.

Blankets. Enough for each member of your family.

I have been fortunate enough that I have never had to go through a true emergency situation, really nothing more than a few hours without electricity or maybe being snowed in for a day. If you live in an area that is prone to violent weather: whether it be tornadoes, hurricanes, frequent summer storms or blizzard like conditions, it might be wise to do some more research and make sure you and your family are prepared for any emergency.  A bit of planning and preparedness can save you and your family from a catastrophic situation. 

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