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13 things you need in a disaster kit

 Hurricane Florence is expected to slam the East Coast later this week.  So it's a good time to talk about disaster kits.

A new survey found two-thirds of homeowners don't feel prepared for a natural disaster . . . 60% don't have a plan in place . . . and 45% don't know what kind of supplies they should have on hand.

So here are the 13 basic things every disaster kit should have . . .

Water, at least three gallons per person 

a three-day supply of non-perishable food

a flashlight

a portable radio to listen for updates

extra batteries for both 

a first aid kit 

a whistle in case you need to signal for help

Dust masks 

plastic sheeting and duct tape

 sanitation supplies, like garbage bags and moist towelettes

a wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

 a manual can opener

and at least one map of the area, in case your GPS goes out.

 A few OTHER good things to think about are an extra pair of glasses . . . an extra battery for your phone . . . food and water for your pets . . . extra blankets and clothes . . . matches or a lighter . . . a fire extinguisher . . . and CASH.  (See more here.)

And if you know there's a potential disaster coming, make sure you're stocked up on any prescription meds you might need. 

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