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Emergency Kits Important When Harsh Weather Approaches

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- When frigid weather moves in, so does the need for precaution and preparation.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- When frigid temperatures move in, so does the need for precaution and preparation.

Officials said everyone should keep at least seven days of food and water in-house when harsh weather approaches.

The American Red Cross suggests everyone should keep an emergency kit handy. 

"We really want to make sure people are looking to see what they have in their homes to make sure they can find it quickly," spokesperson Nigel Holderby said.

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Flashlights, batteries, first aid supplies and extra blankets are all essential.

""One of the things we recommend is for people to have extra blankets in their car. If you run off the road you should just stay put until help arrives," Holderby said.

Weather radios can also be a big help -- especially when the power goes out.

"Obviously if the power is out and you don't have your TV to watch KOLR 10, it's important you have your weather radios handy and then that's going to get you the information. If there is a shelter in your area, we will be putting that information on the radio," Holderby said.

Holderby said car trunks are a great place to keep emergency kits.

"If you do need to leave your home, then you have those items with you," she said. "We really want to make sure people are looking to see what they have in their homes to make sure they can find it quickly."

For more information, visit redcross.org.

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