Hurricane Supply List

Are you running to the store in a panic the minute a hurricane warning is issued? Don't get caught in the rush. Be prepared ahead of time by checking supplies and making a list of items that need to be replaced. If you do it during the calm before the storm, you'll be less likely to forget something.

These pointers will assist you with your planning:
  • A battery-operated radio will be your link to stay informed when the electricity goes out. Get enough batteries for a few days because you will also need them for
  • Flashlights as soon as the lights go out. Keep them in strategic areas of the home such as next to the bed, in the kitchen, garage, and in the glove box of the car. It is wiser and safer to use flashlights for light rather than candles during the storm.
  • Charge cell phone batteries and make sure the bill is paid up to date. It may also be a good idea to invest in a "back up" battery and start charging after the warning is issued.
  • Keep matches for candles, oil lamps and lanterns in a waterproof container. Have enough oil or lantern fuel for several days, and know how to use them safely.
  • Fill the tank with gasoline as soon as a hurricane watch is posted. Your vehicle gas tank should always be half-full during hurricane season. Keep in mind that not only will the gas pumps not work without power at the local gas station, but they may run out of gas before that even happens.
  • Stock non-perishable foods like canned goods and vacuum packed foods which can be prepared without cooking and need no refrigeration. There may be no gas as well as no electricity.
  • Store sufficient drinking water in clean airtight containers for two weeks. Have enough for one gallon per person per day as the city or county supply may be interrupted or contaminated. Fill a sanitized bath tub for personal hygiene purposes like flushing toilets, washing and cleaning.
  • Pick up lumber and materials to protect windows and glass if you don't already have shutters. To avoid long lines and "sold out" items, shop early in the season if you have a place for storage
  • Purchase materials for emergency repairs and keep the receipts as these may be covered by your insurance policy and will be helpful for any income tax deductions.
  • Check your first-aid kit to replenish bandages and medicines and replace anything past the expiration date. Sunscreen and insect repellent will come in handy for the "day after" clean up.
  • Put together a survival pack if you live in an evacuation zone or a trailer and will have to go to a shelter. Include sleeping bags, pillows, blankets, protective clothing, toiletries, moist towelettes, spare eyeglasses, first aid kit, canned food, can opener, spoons, bottled water, and so on. Zip type plastic bags are useful for keeping things clean and dry. So as not to alarm or frighten children, have them help prepare for an "indoor camping trip."