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Creating a Hurricane Kit

Creating a hurricane kit before the storm is vitally important, regardless of the strength of the storm.

Basic Supplies

  • Water: At least one gallon per person per day for at least three days.

  • Food: A three-day supply of non-perishable food.

  • Manual can opener: For food.

  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio: Preferably a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert.

  • Flashlight

  • Extra batteries

  • First aid kit

  • Whistle: To signal for help.

  • Dust masks: To help filter contaminated air.

  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape: To shelter in place.

  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties: For personal sanitation.

  • Wrench or pliers: To turn off utilities.

  • Local maps

  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Personal Items

  • Medications: A seven-day supply.

  • Personal hygiene items: Soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.

  • Glasses and contact lenses

  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, and wipes: If applicable.

  • Pet food and extra water: For your pets.

  • Important documents: Copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container.

  • Cash: Small bills and coins.

Clothing & Bedding

  • Complete change of clothing: Including long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and sturdy shoes.

  • Blankets or sleeping bags

  • Rain gear

Tools & Supplies

  • Multi-purpose tool

  • Fire extinguisher

  • Matches in a waterproof container

  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items

  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels, and plastic utensils

  • Paper and pencil

Additional Items

  • Books, games, puzzles, or other activities for children

  • Emergency reference material: Such as a first aid book

For Your Car

  • Maps of the area

  • Tire repair kit and pump

  • Jumper cables

  • Flares or reflective triangles

For The Home

  • Plywood, nails, and hammer: For boarding up windows.

  • Plastic tarps and waterproof containers: For protecting belongings.

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