You’ll want to have enough non-perishable food, medicines and water to last each person in your family for at least one week. Don’t forget cash – ATMs won’t work if the power goes out – and batteries for cell phones, radios and other devices.
Here are several items you’ll need:
• Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3-7 days; also fill the bathtub and other containers; sports drinks are good to fend off dehydration
• Food – at least enough for 3-7 days; non-perishable packaged or canned food; juices; foods for infants or elderly family members; snack foods; food for special diets
• Non-electric can opener
• Cooking tools, fuel
• Paper plates and cups, plastic utensils
• Bedding: blankets, pillows, etc.
• Rain gear
• Sturdy shoes
• First aid kit, medicines, prescription drugs
• Toiletries, hygiene items, moisture wipes, dry shampoo
• Flashlight, batteries, lanterns
• Radio: Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
• Telephones: Fully charged cell phone with extra battery; chargers; traditional (not cordless) telephone set
• Cash (with some small bills) and credit cards: Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods
• Important documents: Place in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag: Should include insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, prescriptions, etc.
• Tools: Keep a set with you during the storm
• Gas: Fill up your vehicles several days before landfall is expected; Gas stations could lose power during a storm and supply trucks may not be able to reach the area
• Pet care items: Proper identification, immunization records, medications, ample supply of food and water; a carrier or cage; muzzle and/ or leash
• Bleach without lemon or any other additives
• Fire extinguisher
• Mosquito repellent
• Toys, books and games for children
• Duct tape
• Cell phone charging stations — locations where you can charge mobile devices
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