POLK COUNTY — The American Red Cross encourages people to test their preparedness and emergency supplies kit during a camp out.

You don’t have to go anywhere to participate in the event. Camp Prepare! can happen in your backyard — or a favorite campground, if you prefer.

Common items used for camping such as water, canned food, flashlights, extra batteries and first aid supplies are just a few of the items that should be in a disaster preparedness kit. While the Red Cross recommends at least a three-day supply of food and water, larger disasters, like a Cascadia earthquake may require supplies for several weeks.

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