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What to pack in your hurricane emergency kit

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Whether you stay at home or evacuate, you'll need an emergency kit. The power may be out, and tap water may be unsafe to drink. You should be prepared to provide for yourself, your family, and your pets for at least three days.

Here are the basics you'll need:

One gallon of water per person per day. For a family of four, that's 12 gallons

Food that doesn't require refrigeration or cooking -- enough for at least nine meals -- and a manual can opener

Flashlights or lanterns

NOAA weather radio that picks up local stations as well. Don't forget extra batteries

Whistle, in case you need to signal for help

First aid kit

These websites offer detailed lists, including additional supplies to think about if you have a medical condition, a special needs family member, or a baby.

U.S. Coast Guard

American Red Cross

Whether you stay or go, you'll want your kit with you, so you have everything you need close at hand.

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