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Tips for Making a Helpful Hurricane Emergency Kit

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

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
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle 
  • 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

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