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What's in your preparedness kit? A list of 30 items you need

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Being prepared can change a highly stressful situation from chaos to calm.

Disasters come in all shapes and sizes--tornados, home fires, floods, earthquakes--and always strike when you're least expecting it. Are you prepared? Can you survive for three days without food, water or electricity? What about without cell phone coverage? Can your kids go three days without access to all their electronic gizmos? 

Being prepared can change a highly stressful situation from chaos to calm, and all it takes is a little time and effort. 

Creating a preparedness kit is something that can be personalized for each family, and can be done little by little over time. Most of the items are inexpensive and can be found around the house. To help you get started, we offer the following 30 Items You Should Have Ready to Go.