Hurricane Kit (Also good in other types of disasters)
One of the most important tools for emergency preparedness is your
Disaster Supplies Kit. You'll need provisions to carry you through a
week or more after the storm. Remember, there may be no
electricity or clean water for days. Downed trees and other hurricane
related debris blocking the roads will keep you from traveling far.
Below are the most important items for your Disaster Supply Kit. Stock
up today; store them in a water-resistant container; and replenish as
necessary, especially at the beginning of the hurricane season –
- Two weeks supply of prescription medicines
- Two weeks supply of non-perishable/special dietary foods. Buy
plenty of nonperishable foods, because there won't be any
- Drinking water/containers: 1 gallon per person per day for two
weeks. It's a good idea to sterilize the bathtub and fill it with
water just before the storm.
- Flashlights and batteries for each member of the family
- Portable radio and (7 sets) batteries
- First aid book and kit including bandages, antiseptic, tape,
compress, non aspirin pain reliever, anti-diarrhea medication
- Mosquito repellent and citronella candles
- Two coolers (one to keep food; the other to go get the ice)
- Plastic tarp for roof/window repair, screening, tools, nails, etc.
- Water purification kits (tablets, chlorine (plain) and iodine)
- Infant necessities (medication, sterile water, diapers, ready
- Clean up supplies (mop, buckets, towels, disinfectant)
- Camera and film
- Non-electric can opener
- Extra batteries for camera, portable TV & lamps, etc.
- Plastic trash bags
- Toilet paper, paper towels and pre-moistened towelettes, eating
utensils, masking tape and zip-lock bags to keep valuables safe from
If you evacuate you also should take:
Pillows, blankets, sleeping bags or air mattresses
Extra clothing, shoes, eyeglasses, raingear, etc.
Folding chairs, lawn chairs or cots
Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant,
Quiet games, books, playing cards and favorite toys for
Important papers (drivers license, special medical
information, insurance policies and property inventories)
Precious commodities before and after a storm:
Cash (With no power, banks may be closed, checks and credit cards
unaccepted, and ATMs may not be operational).
Charcoal, wooden matches and grill