When you mention emergency preparation, most people think of someone holed up a bunker surrounded by cases of food, guns, ammunition, with a bit of a strange look in their eye.

The reality is 80% of US Counties have been hit by a weather-related disaster since 2007. That’s four out of every five of us. If you talk to people who’ve been through that, they’ll tell you there are a few simple things that they found essential– or wished they would have had on hand before the emergency. Simple things. Inexpensive things that you can get today, put in your house, and not have to worry about any more. Your family will thank you! Here they are:

Let’s have a safe and wonderful 2017!