Hurricane Preparedness Checklist – Step 4 – Stock Emergency Supplies
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In parts one, two, and three of our Hurricane prep 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.
Part four of the series is an essential but often overlooked aspect until the last moment – stocking up on emergency supplies.
You go to the store every week. Why not buy a few extra things every trip? If you start doing this now, you won’t have to do it all at once.
- 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, toothbrush 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
Hurricane Preparedness Checklist Series
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