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Do you have an emergency kit at home?

Experts recommend keeping a supply kit on hand for emergencies.

During National Preparedness Month, the Postal Service is encouraging employees to put together an emergency supply kit for their homes.

Such a kit is a collection of basic items to meet the needs of your family — including pets — for at least 72 hours.

These items should be packed in a portable container, such as a plastic bin or duffel bag, in the event you need to evacuate. Everyone in your household should know where the kit is kept.

At minimum, experts recommend that an emergency supply kit has the following:

• One gallon of water per person, per day;

• Nonperishable, easy-to-prepare food;

• Medications and any needed medical items;

• Battery-powered or hand-crank radio, flashlight and extra batteries;

• First-aid supplies;

• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation);

• Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities);

• Cellphone with chargers and a backup battery;

• Copies of personal documents (medication lists and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed or home lease, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies); and

• Other items needed by family members and pets.

The USPS National Preparedness website has more information.