Hurricane Kit: 12 Items
Do not wait until the last day to prepare your emergency supplies, because stores will run out of certain popular items. Also, the electricity could shut down before the highest winds arrive. Be prepared to live without electricity for at least two weeks.
Other basic items that should be available should be prepared days or weeks before, not minutes before, the storm arrives. Here are some basic recommendations of items to have on hand:
- Water: 7-14 gallons of water per person. Save large plastic soda bottles for this purpose. Plain bleach can be used to purify the water. As a last resort, fill the bathtub and sink.
- Food: Non-perishables work best. Obtain charcoal or gas for a grill for cooking outside. Sterno-type stoves are also useful.
- Manual can opener
- Flashlights with batteries
- Radio with batteries
- Tools (non-electric)
- Fire extinguisher
- Mosquito repellent
- First aid kit
- Plastic garbage bags
- Cash (ATMs may shut down)
Emergency Medical Kit: 9 Items
Do you have enough medication for at least one month? As soon as you hear reports of a storm approaching, check your list of medications and confirm that a month’s supply is available for each medication.
If your area is under a Hurricane Watch or State of Emergency, you should be able to obtain an additional, advanced 30-day supply of medication. In this situation, you do not need to wait for the refill date.
Medication requiring refrigeration can be problematic after a hurricane, because electricity may not be available for days or even weeks. You can use a generator to run appliances in your home, or determine a place near your home that has an emergency back-up system for power and a place to store your refrigerated medications.
In your medical kit at home, you should maintain the following at a minimum:
- a list of all your prescription medications and dosages
- specific instructions in writing, including provider contact information
- specialized medical equipment, such as diabetes equipment and wound care supplies
- a cooler or ice chest
- special dietary foods or supplements
- incontinence supplies
- personal hygiene supplies, such as toothbrush
- first-aid kit