What to pack in your emergency kit

Emergency kit / Claudia Coco (WGXA)

FORSYTH, Ga. -- The key to preparing an emergency kit is getting it ready before the emergency happens.

Capt. Shane Cook with Monroe County Emergency Services said that when a disaster strikes, it is important to be prepared.

"Obviously first and foremost, food and water," he said. "You need to have at least one gallon of water per person per day, and they recommend to start with about three days worth of items."

Cook said there is a checklist on the FEMA website that lists all of the essentials, but he specifically recommended having a flashlight and batteries, weather radio and three days worth of any necessary medication.

"And it's important every six months, just like when you check your smoke detector batteries during time change, go ahead and check the medications and food in those emergency bags to make sure things haven't expired," Cook said.

He said you should keep your emergency kit in a place that is easy for you to access, like a closet or a kitchen cabinet.

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