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Supplies needed to prepare for a hurricane

Aug. 29, 2008 at 4:53 PM
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ATLANTA, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- In preparation for hurricane season or any natural disaster the U.S. federal government recommends stocking homes with supplies, including water and a radio.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said that families stock their home with supplies that may be needed during the emergency period.

At a minimum, these supplies should include:

-- Several clean containers for water, large enough for a 3-day to 5-day supply of water, about 5 gallons for each person, and a 3-day to 5-day supply of non-perishable food.

-- A first aid kit and manual.

-- A battery-powered radio, flashlights and extra batteries.

-- Sleeping bags or extra blankets.

-- Water-purifying supplies, such as chlorine or iodine tablets or unscented, ordinary household chlorine bleach.

-- Prescription medicines and special medical needs.

-- Baby food or prepared formula, diapers and other baby supplies.

-- Disposable cleaning cloths, such as "baby wipes" for the whole family to use in case bathing facilities aren't available.

-- Personal hygiene supplies, such as soap, toothpaste, sanitary napkins, etc.

-- An emergency kit for the car with food, flares, booster cables, maps, tools, a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, sleeping bags, etc.

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