With winter storms of unknown magnitude expected this weekend, Red Cross is urging area residents to be prepared.

Robin Unruh, executive director of the Cimarron Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross said those in the path of the storm should make a kit, make a plan and stay informed.

The preparedness kits should contain water — about one gallon of water per day for a minimum of three days. Food also should be stored in amounts to last three days. Nonperishable, nutritious food that requires little or no water to prepare for cooking is best. A manual can opener should also be packed, Unruh said.

Red Cross recommends including a week’s supply of prescription medicine and over-the-counter medication. Keep a list of all medications, dosages, allergies, doctors names and nearby hospitals.

A battery-powered weather radio should be kept in the kit, including extra batteries. First aid supplies also are a priority because injuries are common during a disaster. Unruh warned residents to be prepared to treat themselves and others. All personal documents, necessary records, I.D., passport, birth certificate and insurance policies should be gathered. Keep a set of eyeglasses, contact lenses, hearing aid batteries or other personal items that may be needed.

Also keep contact information, list of family phone numbers and addresses as well as out-of-area emergency contacts.

Other necessities Unruh recommended include money, clothing, sanitary supplies, pet supplies and tools.

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