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Severe weather awareness: How to prepare a severe weather emergency kit

Start building up your emergency kits now so in the event of severe weather, there's less stress and you can focus on getting to safety.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — We get it -- when severe weather hits, it can be stressful. 

But knowing you have a severe weather kit already prepared in the event of an emergency can help make the situation much easier.

Next time you roll through the isles at the grocery store, start building up your supplies for a severe weather emergency kit.

Here's some tips to help get you started:

Every time you go shopping, choose one item to stock up on. 

Over time your emergency kit will be ready and you'll avoid the daunting price of a one-trip shopping spree.

Items on your kit's list should include Band Aids, bottled water, pet food, nonperishable food items, baby food, a weather radio and medicine.

Shop for the most important items first, like batteries and first aid supplies.

Most items are under $10, but if an item is too expensive, wait until the next trip to see if the price will budge. 

Try looking for coupons when you can as well.

Be sure to keep a spare emergency kit inside your car as well.

Keep similar supplies, like first aid supplies, batteries, bottle water and nonperishable foods. Consider throwing in a blanket or two.

If you're ever stranded on the roads during a winter storm or need to evacuate your home quickly, it's nice to know there are already some supplies set aside to temporarily keep you warm and fed.

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