IEMA recommends emergency kit for National Preparedness Month

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill.  (KBSI) – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) has a message for its residents.

The message this month relates to September’s National Preparedness Month: “If you want to be fully prepared for a disaster, you need an emergency kit,” according to IEMA.

IEMA Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau wants everyone to review their emergency plans, that way they are prepared for anything.

“It could be a matter of life or death because if you need to evacuate within minutes, you will need that kit packed and ready to go,” Tate-Nadeau said.

The general preparedness items include: 

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for three days).
  • Non-perishable food (three-day supply or ready-to-eat canned or other foods that require no refrigeration or cooking, non-electric can opener, or utility knife). 
  • Flashlight with extra batteries. 
  • First aid kit. 
  • Battery-operated radio with extra batteries. 
  • Extra battery/external charger for cell phones. 
  • Copies of important family documents stored in a waterproof bag or container, cash. 
  • Face coverings for all family members. 
  • Hand sanitizer/disinfecting wipes. 

“Some of the items that families find critical in a disaster are prescription and over-the-counter medicines, important documents like Social Security cards or insurance policies, cash, or personal care supplies like contact lenses and cleaners,” Tate-Nadeau said.

Visit the Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s (IEMA) website for more information: www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

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