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Stay Prepared With a Winter Emergency Kit

Winter weather isn’t always kind, which is why it’s a good idea to have a winter emergency kit ready to go. 

Ashley Mueller, University of Nebraska Extension disaster education coordinator, suggests creating a kit that has enough supplies to get the entire family through three days. The main items to include are nonperishable food items and plenty of water. The recommended amount of water is at least 1 gallon per person for three days.

Other items to include:

  • Nonelectric can opener
  • Flashlight
  • Radio
  • Cell phone charger with a battery backup
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic ties


Items should be stored away in a sturdy container with a lid.

Mueller is all about making pets comfortable, too. She suggests gathering food, water, and other comfort items for animals.

“I know sometimes storms can cause stress not only for people, but for our furry and four-legged friends as well, so include things that might make them more comfortable such as a special toy or even some treats, so you can focus on weathering it out rather than being stressed,” Mueller said.

A separate emergency kit for stress relief is also a great idea. Pack up a deck of cards, puzzles, games, and other family entertainment to keep your mind off the blizzard outside the window. Stay safe!

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