FEMA advises having emergency kit

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says every family should prepare for disasters by putting together an emergency kit.

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The Central Coast is not typically at risk from hurricanes, but it is susceptible to earthquakes, wildfires and other natural disasters.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says that every family should prepare supplies and keep them all together in a cabinet or plastic tubs.

FEMA recommends storing a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Canned foods such as fruit and veggies, meat and tuna, soup and juice can be stored for a long time. Just make sure you pack a can opener with all the supplies.

You should also keep high-energy snacks, like granola bars and trail mix in your kit. Keep some crackers to eat with peanut butter and jelly, and consider snacks that will keep children in a good mood, such as favorite cookies, candy, and other treats. Having some sugar, salt, and pepper will go a long way to spruce up your emergency meals.

Water is the most important item to have on hand — one gallon per person or pet, per day.

Every family member should have warm clothes and shoes stored in the kit as well. Blankets and sleeping bags are important, too. You’ll need a complete first-aid kit and other items, such as toilet paper, a sewing kit, and various tools. You’ll want to pack matches, flashlights, spare batteries and a radio, so you can keep up with what’s going on.