Hurricane Preparedness Week: Build Your Own Kit

It only takes one storm to change your life and community, and we want you to be prepared.

When you’re in the path of a monster hurricane, having enough supplies to make it through the storm isn’t enough. You’ll need extra reserves to make it through what could be a long recovery period. Hurricane Preparedness Week is a perfect opportunity to make sure that you’re hurricane-ready.

Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for several days. When building your disaster kit, make sure all of your items are assembled in one place, like in a duffel bag, that can be grabbed and accessed at a moment’s notice. These are the things you should have ready should a hurricane or other disaster occur.

Build Your Own Kit:

  • Water: One gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and hygiene.
  • Food: At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Also, pack a manual can opener for canned goods.
  • Battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert: Weather updates will be important if other sources of information have been downed due to a disaster.
  • Flashlight and batteries: You should have several flashlights that will allow you to move confidently at night. Have batteries on hand for several days of use.
  • Clothing: Add a complete change of clothing to your kit that is appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes.
  • First aid kit: Take the time to learn how to use its contents. If you or a family member has severe allergies, verify that your kit includes EpiPens. Always restock your first aid kit after use.
  • Tools: Stock your kit with a wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, plastic sheeting, and duct tape to shelter in place, work gloves, and a whistle.
  • Essential supplies and medications: Make sure to keep a supply of personal grooming essentials, feminine products, toiletries, and cleaning supplies. Also, if you or a family member depend on prescription medication, you can talk to your doctor about issuing medication to be saved for emergency situations.
  • Cash and credit cards: Know your card numbers and your credit card provider’s customer service number.
  • Important documents: Keep copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container.

And don’t forget additional emergency supplies to stay safe due to COVID-19:

  • Masks (for everyone ages 2 and above).
  • Soap.
  • Hand Sanitizer.
  • Disinfecting Wipes.

Share with your community for staying safe before, during and after a hurricane.

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