LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- September is National Preparedness month and with natural disasters occurring across the country, you may be thinking about what you would do if you were in those situations.
Natural and man-made disasters can happen at any point in time, which is why it is so important to put together emergency kits to ensure you have resources following a tragedy. Melody Daniel with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management said Arkansans should be prepared for every kind of natural disaster.
"Look at what's happening in Texas, look at what's happening in Florida, look at what's happening in California, would you be ready for something that," Daniel said. "Your go bag is something you might want to keep near the door or where you could grab it quickly on your way out of the house.”
Daniel said the number one thing you should have on hand and ready to go is water. Experts recommend about a gallon per person per day, which is equivalent to about eight water bottles. Roy Bennett with the Red Cross said people should also think about packing important papers.
"Things that you don't want to lose like documentation your social security or annuities," Bennett said.
Bennett also said to think about each specific persons needs in your family.
“Medications and batteries for hearing aids,” he said.
Daniel recommends packing a week’s worth of medication and buying a pill case to keep it contained in one place. She said people should not forget about their cars, too.
"It's a good idea to always keep at least a half a tank of gas in your car. You never know where you are going to go or how far it's going to take you to get there," Daniel said.
As to how often you should switch out the kit, Daniel recommends once a year.
"Anytime there's a major event, reevaluate. Did you have everything in your plan or the kit that you needed or didn't have. Or did you use it? If you used it you have to replenish it," she said.
The Red Cross also recommends going over a plan with your family as to how you are going to get out of your home quickly and where you are going to meet. The top three items Daniel said to have on hand is water, non-perishable food and clothing.