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Natural disasters can strike at any moment. From tornadoes and hurricanes to earthquakes and tsunamis, natural disasters can cause devastating amounts of damage and often the most difficult part is the aftermath: victims can be stranded without medical help, food, water and power for days, weeks, even months afterwards.

In the event of an emergency, a survival kit is crucial to make sure you and your family make it through safely. But what should it include? It’s recommended you have enough food, water and supplies to last your family for 72 hours. Flashlights and batteries are a given, but have you thought about including local maps? Or a whistle to signal for help? Once you have the basics, start thinking about items like pet food, sleeping bags, and travelers checks. Once you’ve gathered supplies, put it all in an easy-to-carry pack like a duffle bag, and make sure to periodically check to ensure canned foods and medicines haven’t expired.

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I definitely need to start making one of these. Any recommendations for pets?