What to pack hurricane emergency kit


As the saying goes, “it’s better to be safe than sorry.” Every year, we should be diligent about setting up a hurricane plan and packing a hurricane emergency kit. Even if you made one last year remember some things like food and batteries may need replacing. So if you’re asking yourself “what should I pack in my hurricane emergency kit?” this post is for you.

  • One gallon of water, per person in your household, per day. A three-day minimum is suggested.
  • Three-day supply of food including baby formula. Make sure the food is non-perishable (i.e. canned goods) and if you have any pets keep them in mind as well.
  • Manual can opener
  • Disposable plates, cups, bowls and utensils
  • Any medications you, your family, or pets may need.
  • Over the counter drugs like Tylenol, Imodium, Benadryl, etc.
  • Sleeping bag, blankets, and change of clothes for each member of your family
  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • NOAA weather radio; preferably hand crank or if battery powered, make sure you have extra batteries.
  • First-aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust Mask
  • Wipes, garbage bags, and plastic ties
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Cell phone charger; preferably and inverter or solar charger.
  • Cash
  • Games, books, paper, pens and pencils to help pass the time
  • Important documents such as insurance policies, social security cards and passports in a waterproof container

Never wait until last minute to prepare as stores start running out of items and a frenzy ensues. Make checklists of all items you need to pack and things to do around your home to prepare. Visit www.ready.gov/build-a-kit for a more detailed list.

Also important is to make sure all your insurance policies are up to date for your car, home, business and boat. Review them carefully to make sure you have the coverage you need and make any changes well ahead of hurricane season.

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