As we watch the news in Texas unfold, we are reminded of the importance of emergency preparation.

What should everyone in Los Angeles have? No, not an agent. You should have a fully stocked supply kit, ready to go, in case of aluefontn emergency. It should be kept in an easy-to-reach place, and every family member should know where the kit is. You can either build the emergency kit yourself or purchase it from a Red Cross store or another local supply outlet. Here are some of the important items that should be included.

Prescription medications and eyeglasses
Infant formula and diapers (if applicable)
Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, bank account records, I.D. cards and, in case of separation, photos of family members and pets for identification
Cash and traveler’s checks
Battery powered flashlight (batteries included)
Cell phone charger (batteries included)
Nutrition/protein bars
Canned foods and juices
Eating Utensils
Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
Water (at least 1 gallon per person, per day)
Pet food and extra water for your pet (if applicable)
Work Gloves
Light Sticks (3 each; one lasts 12 hours)
Moist towelettes
Breathing Masks (NIOSH-N95)
Plastic Sheeting (10’x10′)
Rain Ponchos
Personal First Aid Kit
Roll of Duct Tape
Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
Complete change of clothing, including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. (Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.)
Personal Hygiene Kit (includes shampoo/body wash, wash cloth, toothbrush and toothpaste, comb, deodorant)
Books, games and/or puzzles for children
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Battery-operated radio or TV
Local maps

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