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If a disaster hits home, would you be ready?

Posted at 4:53 PM, Sep 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-08 20:46:24-04

Just this summer Pima County experienced wildfires, monsoonal flash floods, and a microburst tearing off a roof. Disasters can happen almost anywhere at any time.

"On a government level we are very prepared," said Kyla Breland with the Pima County Office of Emergency Management. "We are always working with our citizens to build that preparedness."

Pima County Health Department's Aaron Pacheco advises people have an emergency kit with supplies that will last a minimum of 72 hours. 

"We talk about these large scale disasters, but sometimes an emergency might just be in your household or on your block and you might need something that you have the time in to put in a kit now when you need it, it's there," said Pacheco.

Health and emergency officials say you can make an emergency kit and most of the items are already in your home. 

Some crucial items on the checklist: canned food, water purifier, first aid kit, medicine, flashlight radio, batteries, trash bags, toilet paper, duct tape, cleaning wipes, can opener and important documents like insurance and medical records.

For a list of all the recommended supplies and how to make an emergency preparedness plan, click here.