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    Prepare an emergency kit

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    You have the power to be prepared.

    Listed below are items to have ready before a power outage occurs:

    • Food that does not need to be cooked or refrigerated
    • A manual can opener
    • Water -- one gallon per day per person
    • First-aid kit and personal medications
    • Blankets
    • A phone with a cord -- these are likely to work even when the power is out
    • A list of important phone numbers
    • Flashlight and extra batteries
    • Blankets
    • Cash
    • Battery-powered candles
    • Car charger
    • Battery-powered or crank-powered radio or TV
    • Pet items, if needed
    • Home generator
    • Baby items, if needed (diapers, wipes, formula, baby food)
    • Clothing and personal hygiene items if you should need to leave your home

    For more information on being prepared for various disasters, visit the American Red Cross website.

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