What you should have in your disaster supply kit

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With Tropical Storm Flossie approaching Hawaii, it’s important to have your disaster kit ready.

It’s basically a collection of things you and your family might need in case of an emergency.

Coincidentally, all Home Depot stores in Hawaii are having a free hurricane preparedness and recovery clinic Saturday (7-27) morning from 10-11:30am.

“So for our preparedness, what we have are the drills, plywood to board up the windows to prevent the glass from breaking.  We have radios for communication and to keep you up to date, and flashlights, and duct tape to tape up the windows,” Home Depot Iwilei’s George Tsuhako said.

Sandbags are also important if you’re worried about your house flooding.

Some of the other things you may want to go shopping for are batteries, as well as trash bags, and other cleaning supplies.  And a generator in case the power goes out.

“It’s a good idea to buy things early that way while we still do have supplies because when you wait last minute we may run out,” Tsuhako said.

In addition to the hardware items, you should also have a water and non-perishable food to last you and your family at least a week, as well as a first aid kit, medicine, and pet food if you have a pet.

It’s also a good idea to make a family disaster plan.

And stay informed.  Keep up to date on the progress of Flossie.

It’s also important to fill up your gas tank, and have cash in case the power goes out and you can’t use your credit cards.

Hurricane season lasts all the way till November, and as the saying goes, you can never be too prepared.

Click here for more information about building your disaster preparedness kit.

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