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Madawaska Valley Fire Chief outlines what you need for your emergency preparedness kit

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With another round of potentially damaging thunderstorms forecasted for this week, the Madawaska Valley Fire Department wants people to be prepared.

Fire Chief Corwin Quade says a 72-hour preparedness kit requires a few essentials. These include food and bottled water, a flashlight, extra batteries, a first aid kit, medication, candles, matches and a radio. A kit should also have a whistle, extra car keys, cash and important documents like identification, contact lists and copies of prescriptions.

Quade also says that special considerations should be made for vulnerable members of your family. These include things like baby and small children items like diapers and formula, medical equipment and medication, pet food and any other item specific to your family’s needs. He also says to set things aside in case you need to be evacuated, such as clothes, shoes, sleeping bags and personal toiletries.

All these items should be stored in an easy to carry bags or cases on wheels, and should be stored in a place that is easy to reach. Quade adds to carry enough water not only for drinking, but for hygiene and food preparation. The kit should also be checked often for expiration dates, and to make sure batteries are charged.

Quade also urges people to keep their cell phones charged, and to stay clear of downed power lines.

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