Unfortunately, hurricane season is inevitable. Here’s a hurricane preparedness checklist to keep handy in the event a storm is headed in your direction.
Hurricane Preparedness Checklist:
Food and Water:
- Pack enough non-perishable food items for each person for 3-7 days. You may not have access to electricity so make sure these items do not need heat in order to be cooked. Canned food is a great option. Don’t forget a manual can opener so you are able to eat your food.
- Bottled water. You should have about one gallon per person per day. You can also pack juice and other drinks.
- Freeze water in Tupperware containers, leaving some room between the water and the lid so the ice doesn’t crack the container when it expands.
- Two coolers. Pack one with drinks and one with food.
- Over-the-counter medicine
- A first aid kit, including bandages, adhesive tape, and antiseptic solution.
- Children’s medicine
- Feminine hygiene products
- Prescription medicine. Try to have at least a week’s worth of medicine with you.
- Medic-alert bracelets
- Insect repellent spray
- Water for your pet for 3-7 days
- Non-perishable food (dry pet food)
- A crate, carrier, or tank
- Non-extendable leash and a collar and/or harness
- Calming aids, such as a favorite toy, blanket and/or pillow
- Clean litter box
- Updated shots and medical records
- Any medications
- Heartworm preventatives
- Tags with your contact information
General Hurricane Kit:
- Flashlights and extra bulbs
- Batteries in different sizes
- Battery-operated radio and lantern
- First aid kit
- Duct tape
- Rain gear
- Plastic garbage bags
- Fire extinguisher
- Clean clothes
- Extra blankets
- Documents of identification, such as passports and Social Security cards, in a waterproof container
This is by no means an exhaustive list. If you know of anything else that you will need, make sure to bring it with you.