Severe Weather Week: Prepare an emergency kit

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When a tornado or severe weather strikes, it may cause wide spread power outages that could last for several days or weeks.

Therefore, Kenosha County Emergency Management  recommends having a Family Disaster Supply Kit, which should include the following:

  • A three day supply of water (one gallon per day per person).
  • A change of clothing.
  • One blanket/sleeping bag for each family member.
  • A first aid kit including prescription medicines or a list of each prescription including doctor’s name, drug name and pharmacy.
  • Flashlight.

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  • Weather radio.
  • Portable radio.
  • Extra batteries.
  • Extra set of car keys.
  • Credit cards/cash.
  • Special items for infants, elderly or disabled.
  • ID cards.
  • Driver’s license.
  • Copies of important papers.

“If you find yourself without power or your home is damaged, you will still have the basic essentials to continue functioning,” said Ben Schliesman, director, Kenosha County Emergency Management.

For more information on safety precautions during severe weather or to request a “Tornado Safest Area” walkthrough of your school, business or Agency, please contact Kenosha County Emergency Management at 605-7900.

This week has been designated Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kenosha County and around the state.


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