Hurricane season begins on June 1st and ends November 30th. If you don’t have hurricane preparedness provisions set aside, don’t delay.
Being prepared with a Disaster Supplies Kit can ease the stress and panic that descends upon cities and towns when mandatory evacuations occur or when a storm hits and we are unable to leave.
Staying put means you’ll need a few basic necessities to survive and weather those few days without clean running water, access to a pharmacy, the bedlam that occurs at the gas stations, or ability to access your phone or television to keep up with the current news.
This supply list will help get you set up so that when a hurricane hits, you’re totally prepared.
Disaster Supply List
- One gallon of clean drinking water for each person for 3-7 days, including pets
- Non perishable food for individuals and pets to last 3-7 days
- First-Aid Kit, plus 3-7 day supply of prescription medication
- Battery-powered weather radio with extra batteries. Hand crank radios are a great option too as they don’t require batteries.
- Full gas tanks in your vehicles
- Diapers and wipes for infants
- Sanitation items like toilet paper and moist towelettes
- Garbage bags
- Dish soap
- Aluminum foil
- Paper towels
- Disposable plated, cups and utensils
- Foods storage containers
- Basic tool kit
- Bug repellent
- Rain gear
- Manual can opener
Situations can change however, and you may need to evacuate if the storm takes a more dangerous turn than was expected. In this event, you need to prepare A Go Bag. A Go Bag should be light and portable, so each family member can carry their own.
Evacuation Bag Checklist
- ID tag
- Food and water
- A personal sized first-aid kit plus individual prescription medicines. Think of band-aids and a travel size container of headache and fever reducing medicines.
- Portable radio
- Fully-charged cell phone
- Swiss-army knife
- Emergency cash with small denominations, including quarters should you need to use a pay phone
- Important documents such as marriage and birth certificates, passports, immigration papers, bank account numbers, social security cards, insurance and medical records, and pet care information, all stored in a sealed, waterproof bag
Spend some time this weekend gathering your items, and don’t leave it to the last minute!