Hurricane Preparedness Checklist – Stock Emergency Supplies
In earlier posts of our hurricane preparedness series we discussed why it’s important to check your existing home insurance coverage, the importance of performing a home inventory, and how to protect your property.
This post will cover an aspect of hurricane preparedness that’s often overlooked until the last moment – stocking up on emergency supplies. Here are some things to include in your emergency supply stash.
What to include in an emergency supply kit:
- If you are staying at home during the storm, you should have a 2-week supply of water and ready–to-eat non-perishable food for every family member and pet
- If you are evacuating, you should have a 3-day supply of water and ready–to-eat non-perishable food for every family member and pet
- Manual can opener for canned foods
- Essential medicines including eyeglasses and contact lenses
- Personal hygiene items such as toilet paper, toothbrushes and toothpaste
- Paper towels, pre-moistened towelettes, hand sanitizer and eating utensils
- Change of clothing, including extra shoes and rain gear
- First-aid kit and manual
- Battery-powered flashlight and radio with extra batteries. You should also consider a weather radio
- Blankets, pillows and sleeping bags (one for each family member)
- Mosquito repellant and citronella candles
- Two coolers—one to keep food, the other for ice
- Quiet games, books, playing cards
- Plastic tarp for roof/window repair and tools (hammer/nails)
- Plastic trash bags
- Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members
Other posts in our hurricane preparedness checklist series:
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