Whether it’s a Tropical Storm or Category 5, preparing for a storm is imperative for the safety of you and your loved ones. Refer to our Hurricane Supply Checklist below for a list of items we recommend gathering to prepare for a hurricane.
FIRST AID KIT
The Red Cross recommends that a first aid kit includes the following: 2 absorbent compress dressings (5x9 in.), 25 adhesive bandages, 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch), 5 antibiotic ointment packets, 5 antiseptic wipe packets, 2 packets of aspirin, 1 emergency blanket, 1 breathing barrier, 1 instant cold compress, 2 pairs of non-latex gloves (size large), 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets, 1 three inch gauze roll, 1 roller bandage, 5 three by three inch sterile gauze pads, 5 four by four inch sterile gauze pads, oral thermometer (non-mercury, non-glass), 2 triangular bandages, tweezers, emergency first aid guide.
Store at least one gallon of water per person per day. Water should be stored in nonbreakable containers such as plastic and kept sealed. Store at least a three days supply of water per person.
Store enough food to provide three meals per day per person. If necessary, stock up on special food items for infants or the elderly. Food should be canned or pre-packaged and nonperishable. Store at least a three days supply of food per person.
Non-electric can opener, plastic or paper plates, cups, and utensils.
Store at least a three days supply of all prescription medications for each person. Keep a stock of non-prescription medications, including aspirin, non-aspirin pain reliever, laxatives, and antacids. Each person should pack their necessary personal hygiene items.
Each person should pack at least one change of clothes, including sturdy and ideally waterproof shoes. Consider the climate in packing additional clothing; you may need a coat and boots for cold weather.
Have a sleeping bag and warm blanket available for each person.
Have a few flashlights and at least one battery operated radio on hand. Pack extra batteries. Keep a whistle to call for help, a wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, a utility knife, fire extinguisher and matches in waterproof container. Keep a local map in case of evacuation.
Keep photo ID’s and other identifying documents stored in waterproof containers. Also store important family documents and valuables. Place these items in an elevated safe place inside your home.
FAMILY EMERGENCY PLAN
Plan for all possible scenarios. If you must evacuate, what shelter will you go to? Where will the family meet if separated? Create a complete family emergency plan. Make sure all members memorize the contact information for a friend or family member not in the affected area. Print and keep copies of your family emergency plan in your hurricane supply kit.
Most shelters do not allow pets. If you decide not to evacuate, the safest place for your pet to weather the storm may still be a veterinarian or boarding facility. Contact your preferred boarder and pack your pet’s “go-bag”; medications, three days supply of food, collars and leashes.
Gas runs out quickly in times of crisis; as soon as a hurricane watch is announced, fill up your car’s gas tank.
Books, games, and activities to keep young children occupied if necessary.
*Note that this is not a complete list; use several sources and personal discretion in order to ensure you have everything you need.