SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Do you have a preparedness kit at home? It’s a question that you probably don’t think much about, but one that is important in the event of a disaster.
September is National Preparedness Month, so the Red Cross is trying to ensure that you are ready with the right supplies, and just as importantly, the right place to put them.
Most items the Red Cross recommends in a preparedness kit are things you probably already have in your home; everything from bottled water to a $20 bill. Yet having all the items together in a kit comes in handy, because it can be difficult to find all these items scattered around your home if the power goes out.
Mary Nathan of the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross told 22News that one of the items they recommend that is often missing from most modern homes is a battery-powered radio.
"The best way to be informed If you're stuck in the house, and the power's out, you have to know what's happening in your community, and how that's going to effect you in the big picture. You do need to have a radio," Nathan said.
For a complete list of items recommended for a preparedness kit, visit redcross.org/prepare.