In terms of home maintenance, what items can you gather now to help prepare for a potential natural disaster?
Natural disasters happen in all areas of the country — and often without warning. Being prepared for anything Mother Nature might throw your way doesn't just mean having extra food and water on hand. Gathering the right tools and home items you may need is a simple thing you can do now, in case you need them later.
In the event of a natural disaster, you may lose access to your tool chest, garage or shed where most of your home maintenance items are stored. It's a good idea to secure a disaster kit with tools and other items that will come in handy in the event of an emergency. Store this box near your emergency water and food rations in an area that will be easy to access when you need it.
These tools and safety items should help you during the initial period after the disaster, when you may be dealing with minor repairs or putting up temporary shelter while waiting for rescue personnel.
For more information, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has lots of helpful information on their site, or you can visit the American Red Cross site for tips on preparing for many different types of disasters.
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