National Preparedness month encourages you to get ready for a possible disaster

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) We've heard for several weeks now about the heartache and destruction hurricanes have brought and how important it is to prepare for natural disasters.

This past winter took a toll on southern Idaho emergency responders and resources.

September marks national preparedness month and now is a good time to start checking your closets and cupboards to make sure they're ready.

You should stock things like non–perishable foods, water, batteries and a first aid kit.

But there's also some things you may not have thought about.

“Looking at having some cash at home,” said Trish Heath. Emergency Management Coordinator. “If we have some kind of disaster that impedes you from getting to an ATM or anybody being able to use credit cards you want to have some cash on hand.”

Other things like medicines and supplies can be pricey to stock up on all at once.

So try getting an item every week or so to add to your collection.

Also make sure to rotate canned goods so that the first item into the cupboard is also the first one out.

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