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12 things everyone should have at home in case of a natural disaster

Business Insider Logo By Peter Kotecki of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 12:  As of Tuesday morning,  Hurricane Florence is closing in on the US East Coast with sustained winds of at least 130 miles per hour. The hurricane is forecast to be labeled a  Category 5 storm, which is the most intense category on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Hurricane Florence could be the  worst storm to hit the Carolinas in 60 years. Last year was a  record-breaking year for emergencies nationwide, as the US saw more than $300 billion in damage due to natural disasters. But according to a  survey conducted by Farmers Insurance, 60% of Americans still do not have an emergency plan for natural disasters. Jarrod Murrieta, head of claims catastrophe response at Farmers Insurance, told Business Insider that preparedness is crucial, from knowing which disasters are more likely to occur in one's region to understanding how to respond to them.  Murrieta and other officials say all homes should have emergency kits. Take a look at some of the recommended items:

As of Tuesday morning, Hurricane Florence is closing in on the US East Coast with sustained winds of at least 130 miles per hour. The hurricane is forecast to be labeled a Category 5 storm, which is the most intense category on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Hurricane Florence could be the worst storm to hit the Carolinas in 60 years. Last year was a record-breaking year for emergencies nationwide, as the US saw more than $300 billion in damage due to natural disasters.

But according to a survey conducted by Farmers Insurance, 60% of Americans still do not have an emergency plan for natural disasters.

Jarrod Murrieta, head of claims catastrophe response at Farmers Insurance, told Business Insider that preparedness is crucial, from knowing which disasters are more likely to occur in one's region to understanding how to respond to them.

Murrieta and other officials say all homes should have emergency kits. Take a look at some of the recommended items:

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