In the wake of Hurricane Ian, it’s an important reminder that NOW is the time to refresh and restock your home Hurricane Kit for when disaster strikes.
Here are some basic items your hurricane kit should include:
- One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation
- Electrolyte beverages are a good source of hydration!
- At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Foods that are rich in B12 vitamin and low in sodium. Vitamin supplements can help prevent nutritional deficiencies.
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask
- Moist towelettes
- Garbage bags
- Plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
It would also be beneficial to sign up to receive alerts from your state and local emergency notification systems. If you’re living in Manatee County, a wonderful resource is #ManateeReady’s Emergency Planning hub. Click here to sign-up for alerts.
FEMA recommends storing these items in airtight plastic bags and keeping the entire kit in an easy-to-carry container, such as plastic bins or duffel bags. Be sure to keep canned foods in a cool, dry place.
Your family and pets may have unique needs that require extra preparation and attention.
These items may include:
- Prescription medications and copies of prescriptions that can be refilled for up to six months.
- Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
- Glasses and contact lens solution
- Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
- Pet food and extra water for your pet
- Cash or traveler’s checks
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
- An emergency-contact list to reach family and friends.
- Plenty of extra cash, since access to banks and ATMs may be limited.
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
- Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
- Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children