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72 Hour Disaster Kits
WEDNESDAY, Utah (Good4Utah)-Are you and your family prepared for a natural disaster? It could take relief workers up to 72 hours to reach areas affected by a disaster. Richard Woodruff, the Director of Communications for the American Red Cross Utah, joined us in studio to discuss the importance of a 72 Hour Kit. The idea behind the kit is that every person in your family has basic necessities that can last them up to three days. It is reccommended that you have the below items in your kit:
· Water - one gallon of water per day for at least three days.
· Food - When preparing for a disaster, store at least three days of non-perishable etc.
· Medications - pharmacies may be closed in the wake of a disaster. Be sure to include a week's supply of prescription and over-the-counter medications
· Radio - Hand crank or with extra batteries
· First Aid Kit -
· Personal Documents -
· Contact Info - Keep a list of family phone numbers and addresses
· Money - Following a disaster, banks and ATMs may be closed. Keep small bills and change on hand to buy necessary supplies like water.
· Cell charger and batteries
· Sanitary Supplies - Toilet Paper
· Pet Supplies Tools - Keep an adjustable wrench in your preparedness kit to turn off your gas if necessary. Other tools may include a manual can opener, plastic sheeting, garbage bags with ties, and duct tape.
For other safety preparedness tips visit Red Cross.