Hurricane Kit Shopping Guide
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As hurricane season approaches (June 1 – November 30), all residents are encouraged to get prepared by creating a family hurricane plan and assembling a hurricane supply kit. These preparedness steps are key to safely weathering a storm, or any other disaster. 

The eight-week Shopping Guide identifies the basic items required to comfortably sustain you and your family for 3-5 days following a storm that may leave you without power and potable water. Adding a few items to your regular shopping list each week is the easiest way to complete your Hurricane Kit with minimal impact to your budget. 

This Guide also includes information for preparing a Hurricane Kit for infants, the elderly and your pet. A “how to” guide for creating a family plan and assembling a first aid kit are also included.

Food Groups For Shopping Guide

Bread Group Items

Crackers, dry bread sticks, pretzels, melba toast, rice and popcorn cakes, breakfast cereal, dry pasta, nutritional bars, bread (keep frozen until needed)

Meat Group Items

Canned or packaged tuna, chicken/turkey, meat, soup with beans or meat, sardines, beans, chili with meat or beans, ravioli/spaghetti, ham/pork, stew, Vienna sausage, peanut butter and nuts, and commercially prepared beef or turkey jerky

Milk Group Items

Shelf stable milk (keep chilled after opening), powdered milk (will need extra water), canned and boxed pudding (on grocery shelves, not in refrigerator section), nutritional drinks (e.g., Ensure)

Vegetable Group Items

Canned vegetables, soups of all types (cup of noodles, canned), canned 3-bean salad 

Fruit Group Items 

Canned fruit, applesauce, dried fruits (raisins, dates, apricots, etc.) and 100% fruit juice (not fruit drinks or punch)

Comfort Foods

Quick energy snacks such as trail mix, granola and fruit bars, cookies, hard candy, lollipops, instant coffee, tea bags

Items for Infants & Toddlers

Make sure to include ample amounts of food, formula (water), juice, diapers and wipes. It you plan to evacuate to a Red Cross Hurricane Shelter, bring your baby kit along with a stroller, portable crib or play pen.

Items for Elderly

Your kit should include water and food items that address special dietary needs (nutritional supplement drinks and low-sodium food), one-month supply of prescription drugs/medications/medical supplies, medical history, physician and health insurance information, list of medications with instructions, list of medical equipment (include model/serial number), copies of prescriptions. Visit Broward.org/Hurricane and select Residents At Risk​ for additional information. 

Note: Before purchasing instant food be sure you have enough water for reconstitution and a cooking source. Camp stoves and a chafing dish/fondue pot with sterno can be used. You can also purchase ready-to-light charcoal for your outdoor grill. Never use any of these cooking sources inside your house or garage. Always cook outside.

*Asterisk denotes items that should be taken with you if you are planning to evacuate to an emergency shelter. 

Week One

Grocery Store:

one gallon of water per person

one large jar of peanut butter

one meat group item

one can ready-to-eat soup

one box matches in waterproof container

one vegetable group item

one package paper plates

baby supplies*

Other Supplies:

one flashlight with batteries*

tarpaulin for temporary roof repairs

utility knife

sunscreen (SPF 15 or more)

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Week Two

Grocery Store:

one vegetable group item

one fruit group item

one comfort food item

one bottle unscented bleach

one medicine dropper

one package of paper cups

one meat group item

Other Supplies:

self-starting charcoal, sterno or propane for grill or camp stove

pliers

plastic safety glasses/goggles

outdoor extension cords

Week Three

Grocery Store:
one gallon of water per person

one jar of jelly or jam

one meat group item

one can ready-to-eat soup

one fruit group item

one hand-operated can opener

one package paper napkins

baby supplies*

Other Supplies:

one portable AM/FM radio – battery-operated or hand crank

hatchet or axe

roll of duct tape

Week Four

Grocery Store:

one bread group item

one roll of paper towels

one vegetable group item

one roll of plastic wrap

one meat group item

one milk group item

one bottle hand sanitizer

sanitary wipes or other hygiene projects*

Other Supplies:

one flashlight with batteries*

heavy-duty work gloves

first aid kit supplies

waterproof container for insurance and bank documents, important contracts, proof of occupancy, inventory of belongings*

Week Five

Grocery Store:

one meat group item

one can of ready-to-eat soup

one fruit group item

one box large re-sealable food storage bags

one vegetable group item

one bread group item

baby supplies*

Other Supplies:

extra batteries for radio*

first aid kit supplies

fire extinguisher

games and puzzles for children*

Week Six

Grocery Store:

one gallon of water per person

one bread group item

one box sanitary wipes*

one roll heavy-duty aluminum foil

one package paper bowls

one meat group item

plastic trash bags and ties

Other Supplies:

assorted nails

one flashlight with batteries*

hardline telephone with jack (not cordless)

heavy work gloves

Week Seven

Grocery Store:

one meat group item

one can ready-to-eat soup

one box cereal

one milk group item

one comfort group item

one vegetable group item

baby supplies*

Other Supplies:

extra batteries for flashlights*

hammer

disposable aluminum pans

Week Eight

Grocery Store:

one gallon of water per person

one vegetable group item

one meat group item

one box heavy-duty garbage bags

one package plastic eating utensils

one roll paper towels

Other Supplies:

flashlight with batteries*

waterproof portable plastic container with lid for hurricane kit and important papers

mosquito repellent with DEET

First Aid Kit

Assemble a first aid kit. A first aid kit should include:

Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes

2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)

4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)

Hypo-allergenic adhesive tape

Triangular bandages (3)

2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)

3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)

Scissors

Tweezers

Needle

Moistened towelettes

Antiseptic

Thermometer

Tongue blades (2)

Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant

Assorted sizes of safety pins

Cleansing agent/soap

Latex gloves (2 pair)

Sunscreen

Pet Survival Kit

A crate or carrier large enough for the animal to stand and turn around

Two-week supply of food, water and any required medications

Litter box and cat litter

Toys and/or blanket

Treats

Photo of the pet with you (to prove you are the owner)

Veterinarian name and emergency contact information

Rabies certificate and current license

Cleaning supplies (newspaper, plastic bags with ties, paper towels, disinfectant), litter scooper

Quick Tip:

Gather before the storm: money*, prescription medicines*, fuel for vehicle, important documents*, photo inventory of belongings*, proof of occupancy*

8 Week Hurricane Kit Shopping Guide Note: Suggested list for a family of four. Add extra items depending on your family size.

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