Build your family's 'disaster kit' before bad weather strikes

Hurricane season continues on as activity in the tropics ramps up.

Disaster preparedness experts say this means now is the time to make sure your family is ready for whatever weather comes your way.

Stephen Bjune with TEEX and the Texas A&M Task Force 1 unpacked his family's disaster pack on First News at Four.

Key items, according to Bjune and (see Related Links) to have in your disaster pack:

Non-perishable food (such as dried fruit or peanut butter)
First aid kit
Extra batteries
Matches in a waterproof container
Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap
Paper plates, plastic cups and utensils, paper towels
Water – at least a gallon per person, per day
Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio
Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
Whistle to signal for help
Can opener (manual)
Local maps
Pet supplies
Baby supplies (formula, diapers)
"Boredom supplies" such as books

See the video player and Related Links for more.