Hurricane Checklist

Water

  • Store 1 gallon of water / person / day
    • Use plastic containers (soft drink bottles).
    • Avoid milk cartons, glass bottles and any containers that might decompose or break.
  • Keep at least a 3-day supply of water / person
    • 2 quarts for drinking
    • 2 quarts for each person in your household for food preparation/sanitation
  • A normally active person needs to drink at least 2 quarts of water / day - (Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need more.)

Food

  • 3 or more days supply of non-perishable food that requires little refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water.
  • Select food items that are compact and lightweight. Include a selection of the following foods in your Disaster Supplies Kit:
  • Ready-to-eat snacks (nuts, dried fruits, chips, beef jerky, cereal, granola)
  • Pasteurized carton milk (Parmalat) and lunch juices
  • Powdered Milk (Nido)
  • Canned and dry soups (Campbells, Ramen)
  • Unripe or durable room temperature fruits (bananas, apples)
  • If you must heat food, pack a can of Sterno gel fuel.
  • Energy bars, pop tarts
  • Gummy vitamins and chewable vitamin C
  • Infant formula
  • Turn fridge and freezer to the coldest setting and avoid opening the door

First Aid Kit (for your home and one for each car)

  • Bandages
    • Adhesive bandages and sterile gauze pads (various sizes).
    • Liquid bandage
    • Roll of 3″ cohesive bandage.
    • Sterile cotton balls
  • Medical tools
    • non-latex gloves medical grade
    • Paper tape
    • Freezable cold pack.
    • cuticle scissors and tweezers

Non-Prescription Drugs

  • Pain reliever: acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil)
  • Antacid for stomach upset (Tums)
  • Antihistamine (Benedryl)
  • Anti-diarrhea (Imodium)
  • Laxative (Ducolax)
  • Activated charcoal capsules for food poisoning (Nature's Way Charcoal Activated)
  • Anti-bacterial ointment (Neosporin)
  • Hand sanitizer and antiseptic wipes

Tools and Supplies

  • Leatherman or Swiss army knife preparedness tools
  • Small Phillips, flat screw drivers and wrenches
  • Durable paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils
  • Radio (battery, solar, or crank)
  • Flashlights
  • Cash and change
  • Manual can opener
  • Fire extinguisher: small canister ABC type
  • Lighters, lighter fluid and matches
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic bags and storage containers
  • Pens
  • Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water
  • Whistle
  • Extra batteries
  • Plastic sheeting
  • BBQ grill and charcoal (for meat that will defrost and go bad)
  • Portable gas can
  • Emergency battery powered backup electric outlet

Sanitation

  • Toilet paper or disposable wet wipes
  • Soap
  • Small bottle of liquid laundry detergent*
  • Feminine supplies
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Garbage bags with ties (for personal sanitation uses)
  • Plastic bucket with tight lid
  • Disinfectant
  • Chlorine/bleach

Clothing at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.

  • Sturdy shoes
  • Rain gear*
  • Blankets or sleeping bags*
  • Solar protection 50+ body and face

For Baby

  • Carrier
  • Formula
  • Diapers, wipes and creme
  • Bottles
  • Powdered milk
  • Medications

For Adults

  • Heart and high blood pressure medication
  • Insulin
  • Prescription drugs
  • Denture needs
  • Contact lenses and supplies
  • Extra eye glasses

For Pets

  • current identification tag on your pet’s collar
  • photograph of your pet
  • the phone number of a friend or family member on the tag so anyone who may find your pet is able to reach someone who knows you.
  • pet carriers, leashes, or harnesses.
  • Call hotels in a safe/host location
    • ask if you can bring your pets
    • ask the manager if a no-pet policy can be lifted during the disaster.
    • Most emergency shelters do not admit pets.
  • Arrange foster care if you and your pets cannot stay together (call friends, family members, veterinarians or boarding kennels in a safe/host location).
  • Week’s supply of food, water and other provisions, such as medication or cat litter.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to evacuate. Rescue officials may not allow you to take your pets if you need to be rescued.
  • Keep a list of emergency phone numbers (veterinarian, local animal control, animal shelters, Red Cross, etc.).

Possessions and Documents

  • Take in outdoor items that can be lifted up and thrown by high winds into a home, building, or person
  • Turn off propane tanks and unplug entertainment equipment and small appliances
  • IMMEDIATELY fill car with gas and get reserve gasoline
  • Keep records online AND in a waterproof, portable container:
    • Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
    • Passports, social security cards, immunization records
    • Bank account numbers
    • Credit card account numbers and companies
  • Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers
  • Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)
  • Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Keep a smaller version of the supplies kit in the trunk of your car.
  • Keep items in airtight plastic bags. Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh. Replace your stored food every six months. Re-think your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, etc.
  • Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications.

Post Hurricane

  • Get updates on Noaa Weather Radio
  • Stay out of buildings that have water around them
  • Inspect home and take photos of any damaged edifice or contents
  • Avoid drinking or cooking with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated
  • Check fridge for spoiled food
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