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Red Cross Creates Emergency Kit

This week two years ago, Hurricane Rita hit and East Texans are still recovering from this summer's flooding.

With September being National Preparedness Month, the Red Cross wants to help you be prepared for these types of disasters.

"Let's say there's a pandemic flu or toxic waste, you want to make sure you have the ability to stay clean," says Susan Campbell with the American Red Cross.

And that's why she's included some hand wipes in her disaster emergency kit--a kit she says you  too should create. 

"People have this in their home, they just don't put it together, and you may not have time to run all over your house and gather up the flashlight and the radio, you want to have it together in a kit," she explains.

Susan says it's important to keep some sort of duffle bag or backpack full of tools, nonperishable food, and water.  

"Drinking water is the most important obviously so you need to have one gallon per person, per day, three days worth if you can," Susan says.

Water is just one of at least 15 items the Red Cross says you should have in your kit, as well as a flashlight, radio, and duct tape.

"You could keep extra clothing in here, you know a blanket, pillows, obviously it can be bigger," she points out.

The Red Cross says it's important for every household to have a kit, keep it somewhere safe, and check it at least once a year.

"The most common disaster in this nation happens every seven seconds so to think that we're immune, is just silly so we need to prepare for that," Campbell says.

That way you and your family are prepared for any disaster, however big or small.

The Red Cross also suggests keeping an emergency kit at your work and in your car. For more information on emergency preparedness, the red cross is hosting an open house Wednesday from 11:30 to 6:30 at their facility in Tyler.

Tracy Watler/Reporting

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