Build an Emergency Kit for National Preparedness Month

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The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) wants families to review their emergency plans and build an emergency kit. | Getty Images

By Carlos Finney Jr., Sports Reporter

DeKALB — September is National Preparedness Month and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) wants families to review their emergency plans and build an emergency kit. 

Director of the IEMA Alicia Tate-Nadeau released a statement regarding National Preparedness Month and the importance of being ready for a disaster. “It could be a matter of life or death because if you need to evacuate within minutes, you will need that kit packed and ready to go,” Tate-Nadeau said. 

The IEMA has published a list of items most important to include in an emergency kit, including: water, non-perishable food, flashlight, batteries, first aid kit, radio, face coverings, hand sanitizer, etc. 

This is a good habit to practice for National Preparedness Month, so you and your family are ready for the worst case scenario for certain situations. 

If you want to know more about the emergency supply checklist and look at the full version, you can find more information through the Illinois government official website.

To learn more tips about how to be ready if disaster strikes you can visit the IEMA website which covers all there is to know on how to be prepared during National Preparedness Month.