Preparing for a storm, Basic Disaster Supplies List

Hurricane Season has arrived, and with NOAA predicting a 75% chance of a near- to above-normal hurricane season, the time to prepare your home is now. 

After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. 

Being prepared means having your own food, water, and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.  

Here are few essential items your family should have prepared for the upcoming hurricane season:

Basic Disaster Supplies 

  • Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Prescription medications
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

Additional Emergency Supplies

Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:

  • Home Generator
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Complete change of clothing and sturdy shoes/ socks
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Remember, It only takes one tropical cyclone to impact millions of people. Hurricane Irma left 16 million people without power and Hurricane Maria left 80 percent of the island of Puerto Rico without power. Most of the items listed above are inexpensive, easy to find, and any one of them could save your life.

Remember, the battle against hurricanes is won before the storm.  Take the first steps in ensuring you keep your family safe in the event a disaster strikes your area.


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