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With tornado season and unexpected weather approaching quickly, it is important to be prepared for the worst scenario. Here are some essentials to keep in a to-go bag in case of a weather emergency in your area.


Bottled water to use for drinking, cooking, and bathing.  It is recommended by weather.gov for each person in your household to have a gallon of water.

Non-perishable food items are a must-have to keep inside your to-go bag. For example, canned items, dried items, nuts, seeds, and grains.  If you lose power, your refrigerator, freezer, microwave, and oven are not going to work.

A flashlight with extra batteries in case your home or area loses power is always essential. This will help you to see easier without tripping and falling if your area loses electricity.

First Aid supplies in case someone is injured or in need of medical help. Bandages, ointments, disinfectant wipes, face masks, and gloves are perfect to keep inside a to-go bag.

Personal hygiene items to keep yourself relatively clean. A few examples could be toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, feminine items, and soap.

Important documents such as insurance information, identification papers, banking information, and wills. This can help authoritative figures locate and identify members of your household if something happens to them.

A battery-powered radio to keep up with the weather and local updates on your situation.

A spare change of clothes for every member of your household is very important to keep. If someone ends up getting their clothes wet or ruined, they have a backup pair of clothes.

Having extra cash inside your to-go bag is essential, coinciding that anything could happen and that not everything is free.

A deck of cards or a board game can keep you entertained and can help keep your mind off of the situation.