The American Red Cross says putting together a kit and having an emergency plan are critical to prepare for a disaster.
Red Cross Omaha spokeswoman Alyson Roach says an emergency plan should include phone numbers, as well as a meeting spot where your family should go to in the event of a disaster. Roach says it isn’t too early to start putting together a kit for the winter. "It will take a while to round up everything that you need, but the good news is you probably have 80 percent of what you’ll need already in your home. So you can shop your own home, walk around and pick up any flashlights, batteries, cans of food that you have, get them together, and then usually you can complete your kit maybe with a simple trip to the drugstore."
Roach says a disaster preparedness kit should contain enough food and water for each person in the home for several days. It should also include important documents, medications, and supplies for your pets.