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Hurricane Disaster Supply Kit

The most important part of your hurricane plan is a Disaster Supply Kit. This kit includes the basic life support you will need after a disaster. Prepare to be self-sufficient for at least 3 days to two weeks. Stock up today and replenish as necessary:

  • Cash (With no power, banks and ATMs may be closed or empty, and checks and credit cards will not be accepted).
  • Change for pay phone
  • Two weeks supply of prescription medicines
  • Two weeks supply of non-perishable/special dietary foods
  • Drinking water/containers (3 gallons per person)
  • Flashlights and 7 sets of batteries for each family member
  • Portable radio and 7 sets of batteries
  • First aid kit including bandages, antiseptic, pain reliever, etc.
  • Mosquito repellent and sunscreen
  • Two coolers (one to keep food; one to go get ice)
  • Water purification kit (tablets, plain chlorine, or iodine)
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Extra batteries for camera, flashlights, radio, portable TV, and lamps, etc.
  • Toilet paper, paper towels, and pre-moistened towelettes.
  • Soap and antiseptic
  • Glass enclosed candles
  • Ice
  • Maps of the area with landmarks on it

Babies:

  • Formula
  • Diapers
  • Bottles
  • Pacifiers
  • Powdered milk
  • Medications

Pet Supplies:

  • Dry and canned food for two weeks
  • Water (1/2 gallon per day)
  • Litter box supplies
  • Traveling Cage
  • Leash and collar
  • Proof of inoculations

Cooking:

  • Portable camp stove or grill
  • Stove fuel or charcoal, lighter fluid
  • Disposable eating utensils, plates, and cups
  • Napkins and paper towels
  • Aluminum foil
  • Oven mitts

Food:

  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
  • Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water)
  • High energy foods such as peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix
  • Vitamins
  • Foods for infants, elderly persons, or persons with special dietary needs
  • Comfort/stress foods such as cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, lollipops, instant coffee, and tea bags

Important Family Documents:

  • Photo copies of prescriptions
  • Proof of occupancy of residence (utility bills)
  • Medical history or information
  • Waterproof, portable containers for document storage
  • Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks, and bonds
  • Photo IDs, passports, social security cards, and immunization records
  • Bank account numbers
  • Credit card account numbers and companies
  • Important telephone numbers for insurance companies, family members, etc.
  • Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)
  • Photocopies of credit and identification cards
  • Back-up disks of your home computer files
  • Photo or video pictures of property (Photographs will make it easier for your claims adjuster to make an assessment of what you may have lost due to a disaster. Check with your insurance adjuster to see what they would prefer, photos or video.)

Personal Sanitation:

  • Toilet paper
  • Soap and liquid detergent
  • Feminine supplies
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Plastic garbage bags and ties (for personal sanitation uses)
  • Plastic bucket with tight lid
  • Disinfectant
  • Household chlorine bleach

If you evacuate, you also should take:

  • Pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, or air mattresses
  • Extra clothing, shoes, etc.
  • Eye glasses, canes, hearing aids, and other medical devices
  • Folding chairs, lawn chairs, or cots
  • Quiet games, books, playing cards, and favorite toys for kids.

Other Necessities:

  • Tools such as hammer, wrenches, screw drivers, nails, and saw
  • Trash bags (lots of them)
  • Cleaning supplies (mop, buckets, towels,and disinfectant)
  • Plastic drop cloth
  • Mosquito netting
  • ABC rated fire extinguisher
  • Masking or duct tape
  • Outdoor extension cords
  • Plastic tarp