Even with the best alert systems in place, there is often little to no warning when severe weather or natural disasters strike. The best time to prepare is now. Plan ahead for wind, rain, ice or snow in case you need to survive on your own for a few days.

Every household should have an emergency supply kit on hand. The kit should include basic items you and your family may need in the event of an emergency. It should be made ahead of time, stored in a protected area and easy to move. A basic emergency supply kit should include the recommended items below.