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(HOUSTON) — With the peak of hurricane season here, now is the time to review the basics of preparedness.

By now, you should know that you need to stock up on water and non-perishable foods in case a massive storm knocks out electricity for days on end.

But you need much more than that.

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Patricia Mancha with FEMA says you also need something else — cash.

“A lot of people no longer have cash with them,” Mancha says. “And after some sort of a storm or an event, usually power may be out. So you can’t use credit cards or debit cards to access money.”

Mancha says if you have kids, be sure to stock up on things that will keep them entertained that do not require electricity.

“If there’s no electricity or no power, will kids be able to be entertained? Do they have board games, or do they have athletic equipment that they can use in lieu of a tablet?”

Mancha says it’s also a good time to review your insurance policy. “Are you aware of how much coverage you have, and are you fully covered?”

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