Water. Nonperishable food. A personal first-aid kit. A flashlight and battery-powered radio. You've probably heard about these and other basics for an emergency, but some other items are particularly important if you're 50 or older.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a list of information targeted specifically for older Americans facing an emergency. Among the items the agency recommends you have on hand:
The CDC also is recommending people include additional supplies to address the spread of the coronavirus, flu and other viruses. They include cloth face coverings for everyone 2 and older, soap, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes. The complete list is here.
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The Department of Homeland Security's Ready.gov site offers a number of emergency resources, including a list of items that should be in a basic emergency kit. The full list is here. Among the items suggested:
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