What to keep in your emergency preparedness kit

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The recent earthquakes in Ridgecrest has left many here in the Central Valley wondering if the big one is on the way.

After two significant shakers and a moderate one registering at 5.4 all in a span of 48 hours last week, some residents are preparing for the potential of a much bigger earthquake hitting closer to home.

“Used to be in on different convoys and stuff like that so you got a go bag and your emergency supplies in those,” said Mike McCarthy of Lemoore. “Flashlights, batteries, got that stuff, that’s always on hand.”

McCarthy is always upgrading his emergency supplies like other Central Valley residents especially when disaster strikes not far away.

“That kind of stirs the fear that hey, if it can happen there, it can happen here, and people come in and they’re just kind of like, ‘What do I need to buy?,'” explained Ian Williams, Manager of Fresno Ag Hardware.

Williams says lanterns, portable chargers, and a special tool to turn off your gas meter are flying off the shelves. Gas generators to keep your fridge on and even anti-tip devices to prevent furniture from falling over are also in high demand.

“We always prepare that we’re about to see a big rush on these products after an event like this,” Williams said.

The American Red Cross also recommends an emergency kit that can last up to 72 hours.

“You never ever want to be in a situation where you say, ‘Oh my gosh, I wish I had a kit,'” said Nicole Maul of the American Red Cross.

Besides plenty of water and dried food- toiletries, a first aid kit, and a hand crank radio are essential.

Frequently adding stuff to your kit if you have kids or get a pet is important too. If you don’t want to make your own, you can get a pre-made kit at the store or online.

“Kind of keep things at the ready at all times,” McCarthy concluded.

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