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Top items you'll need to build your at-home severe weather emergency kit

Using information from FEMA, local emergency services, here is a list of items you need to have ahead of any storm.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Spring and summer bring everything when it comes to weather. That's why it's important that you build and keep an at-home emergency survivor kit. It's something you that will come in handy, useful during severe weather any time of the year.

Using information from FEMA, local emergency services, WHAS11 News has put together this list of items you need to have ahead of any storm.

Main items to have in your kit

  • Flashlight(s)
  • Extra batteries
  • Cell phone with chargers and backup batteries
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Cash at least enough for a week. Credit card readers, ATMs are impacted by power outages.
  • Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and an NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps

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Printable checklist

How to report a power outage

LG&E: 502-589-1444 or 800-331-7370. You can also set up your LG&E account so you can text an outage. The steps are listed on their website.

Duke Energy (For customers in Northern, Kentucky and parts of Indiana): You should call 1-800- 543-5599. You can also report via their App

For the latest weather forecast download the WHAS11 App and you can also text the word WEATHER to: 502-582-7290 and get an instant link to our weather section.

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Text the word WEATHER to: 502-582-7290 and get information from the WHAS11 First Alert Storm Team.

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