Thursday, May 15, 2014

Hurricane Preparedness – Creating your Emergency Supply Kit

Part of being prepared for hurricane season is creating or restocking your emergency supply kit. Be sure to store the supply kit in an easily accessible location within your home. Make sure everyone in your household knows of its location once it has been created. Below is an example of what might be included in your emergency supply kit:

  • Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days
  • Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food (don’t forget the manual can opener for food)
  • Flashlight and Extra batteries
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • First aid kit
  • Extra cash
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies, health insurance information)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Camera for photos of damage
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container

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