Pack a winter disaster supply kit
Winter disaster kits are an important tool to help protect a family according to Amanda Marney, an agriculture preparedness specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
"It is important to pack a winter disaster kit now in order to be prepared for any inclement weather," said Marney.
Disaster kits contain provisions that will be needed for 72 hours.
"You may find you need these provisions if the ice and snow close roads or if you lose electricity during a winter storm," said Marney.
Families can be prepared by packing the following in a winter disaster kit:
--Water, at least one gallon daily per person for three days.
--Food, at least enough for three to seven days.
--Non-perishable packaged or canned food, juices, foods for infants or the elderly, snack foods, non-electric can opener, cooking utensils, fuel, paper plates, utensils.
--Blankets and pillows.
--Clothing, seasonal, rain gear, sturdy shoes.
--Medical supplies, first aid kit, medicines, prescription drugs.
--Special items for infants and the elderly.
--Toiletries and hygiene items.
--A flashlight and extra batteries.
--Radio, preferably a battery-operated and NOAA weather radio.
--Cash, since banks and ATMs may not be open or available for extended periods.
--Important documents in a waterproof container. Examples include insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, and social security card.
--Keys for the house, important buildings and even cars.
--Toys, books and games.
--Tools, as it is a good idea to have a set with you during the storm.
--Vehicle fuel tanks filled.
--Pet care items.
--Proper identification, immunization records, ample supply of food and water, a carrier or cage, medications, muzzle and leash.