Purchase supplies early to prepare for a storm.
When a storm threatens, lines will be long and supplies will be short.
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Association)
Water: 2 ½ gallons per person per day (store in clean plastic containers)
Canned & powdered milk
Beverages (powdered or box/canned fruit juices, instant coffee, tea)
Prepared foods (canned soups, beef, spaghetti, tuna, chicken, ham, corned beef hash, packaged pudding)
Snacks (crackers, cookies, nuts, hard candy)
Sugar, salt, pepper
Dry & canned pet food
Manual can opener
Camp stove or other cooking device and plenty of fuel. Charcoal or gas for grills (use grills outside only and away from home or other buildings)
Paper plates, napkins, aluminum foil
Plastic cups, knives, forks, spoons
Diaper rash ointment, petroleum jelly
Baby medicines (pain, cold, cough)
Extra formula, jarred baby food
Hand tools – hammer, screwdrivers, shovel and pickax
4 X 8 foot, ½ inch thick sheets of plywood to cover windows
¼ inch machine screw sockets and screws
Plastic sheeting to cover furniture
Sturdy working gloves
Duct tape to waterproof items – masking tape isn’t strong enough
Nails. There are many kinds so look over your home and determine what you will need now (before a storm). Using a nail too small or the wrong shape will fail and damage will occur.
Tarp and 1 X 1 fir strips for emergency roof repairs
Spray paint to identify home incase it’s damaged
Ladder (tall enough to make repairs to roof if damaged)
To make an Emergency toilet:
Small can or garbage can with tight lid
Plastic bags for liners
Disinfectant or bleach
Flash lights and extra bulbs
Battery operated TV or radio
Fully charged battery-operated lanterns
Matches (store in a sealed plastic bag)
Plastic garbage bags
Working fire extinguisher
Clean change of clothes, rain gear, hat, sturdy boots and work gloves
Map of the area
List of emergency contact phone numbers
Copy of insurance policy, deed, etc.
Plastic bags, jugs or containers to store water and ice
Water purification tablets
Plastic to line bathtub
Pillows, blankets and sleeping bags
Newspaper, cat litter or plastic sheets for pets area
Medicines: Drug stores could be closed for days after a storm, make sure to have a 2 week supply.
Medic Alert tags
Insect repellant sprays and candles
Personal and feminine hygiene items
Insect bite lotion
First-aid kit with handbook
Extra over the counter medicine (colds, allergies)
Sterile rolls, bandages
Denture needs, contact lenses and extra pair of eyeglasses
Candles and/or kerosene lanterns are fire hazards
It’s a good idea to make sure you have a full tank of gas in all available vehicles if you decide to stay in your home during a hurricane.
Remember that ATM’s will not work until the electricity is restored.
Have a two week supply per person of non-perishable foods. Avoid salty or foods high in protein or fat; they will make you thirsty.