BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - National research shows that 85% of Americans are not ready for an emergency. Nearly half of Americans do not even have emergency supplies.
With hurricane season underway, emergency preparedness experts stopped in Baton Rouge as part of a 14 city tour. The purpose was to convey just how important it is to have a plan of action before the storm strikes.
"It's so important for people to prepare. And by coming out and seeing what supplies we have, it's kind of educating everyone as to what's necessary to go into their kit, so that they can prepare for their families. So in the event of a disaster you can be taken care of," said Agnes Andrews, an Allstate Insurance agency owner.
Organizers also advise that it is time to get your disaster kits together with things like flash lights and first-aid kits. Here are a few things you may want to check off of your list when putting your disaster kit together:
1. At least a 3-day and preferably a 7-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day)
2. Non-perishable food
3. Formula, diapers, and other baby supplies
4. Manual can opener
5. First aid kit
6. Prescription and non-prescription medicines
8. Cell phones and battery-powered cell phone chargers
9. Battery-powered radios and flashlights
10. Plenty of batteries
11. Extra cash
12. Blankets, sleeping bags, books, and games (especially if evacuating)