Tips for Making a Helpful Hurricane Emergency Kit
You can never be too prepared when it comes to a hurricane. Besides readying your home and creating an evacuation plan, you should assemble a basic disaster supplies kit. A disaster supplies kit should include all the necessities for surviving at least 72 hours and unique items your family may need, like items for pets or seniors.
A basic disaster supplies kit should include:
- Water (one gallon of water per day per person for at least 3 days)
- Food (at least a three day supply of nonperishable foods for each person)
- Battery powered or hand crank radio
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Manual can opener
- Garbage bags
- Moist towelettes
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Cell phone and extra chargers (power bank)
- Copies of important documents (insurance policies, identification, bank account statements, etc.)
Your family may need to include other items, such as:
- Prescription medications
- Pet food and extra water
- Glasses, contacts, contact solution
- Infant formula, diapers, wipes, etc.
- Cash or traveler's checks
- Sleeping bags and blankets
- Feminine products
- Personal hygiene items
- Books, puzzles, and games for children
Remember to store your emergency supplies kit in a cool, dry place and to asses your family's needs each year before hurricane season begins.
For more information on preparing for hurricane season, please visit https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes.