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Prepare Your Storm Kit

    When a hurricane or thunderstorm is on it's way, you may not have time to stock up on the items you need. During a storm, safety should be your number one priority, not running around gathering supplies. For this reason, it is important to stock up on storm supplies before the storm is on top of you so you can focus on what's most important: making sure you and everyone else is safe. Always follow evacuation / take-cover orders when they are issued for your area.

    Stock up on the following items to keep you safe and comfortable in your home during and after a hurricane or thunderstorm:

    Flashlights / extra batteries
    Weather radio

    In addition, consider stocking up on other items, such as:

    First Aid Supplies
    Clothing and Bedding
    Extra prescription medication you may need to take
    Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container such as a duffle bag, backpack, or even a trash container.


    Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot weather and intense physical activity can double this amount. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need more.

    Store one gallon of water per person per day.
    Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person.


    Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Select food items that are compact and lightweight.

    Include a selection of the following foods in your Disaster Supplies Kit:

    Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
    Canned juices
    High energy foods
    Salt, sugar, pepper, spices, etc.
    Food for infants
    Comfort/stress foods

First Aid Kit

    Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car. A first aid kit should include:

    Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
    Assorted sizes of safety pins
    Cleansing agent/soap
    Latex gloves (2 pairs)
    2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
    4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
    Triangular bandages (3)
    Non-prescription drugs
    2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
    3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
    Moist towelettes
    Tongue blades (2)
    Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant

Clothing and Bedding

    Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person:

    Sturdy shoes or work boots
    Rain gear
    Blankets or sleeping bags
    Hat and gloves
    Thermal underwear

Tools and Supplies

    Mess kits, or paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils
    Emergency preparedness manual
    Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
    Flashlight and extra batteries
    Cash or traveler's checks, change
    Non-electric can opener, utility knife
    Fire extinguisher: small canister ABC type
    Tube tent
    Matches in a waterproof container
    Aluminum foil
    Plastic storage containers
    Signal flare
    Paper, pencil
    Needles, thread
    Medicine dropper
    Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water
    Plastic sheeting
    Map of the area (for locating shelters)

Special Items

    Remember family members with special requirements, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons:

                           Storm Supplies For Babies

                               Powdered milk

For Adults

                               Heart and high blood pressure medication
                               Prescription drugs
                               Denture needs
                               Contact lenses and supplies 
                               Extra eye glasses 

Non-Prescription Drugs

                                 Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
                                 Anti-diarrhea medication
                                 Antacid (for upset stomach) 
                                 Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center) 
                                 Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center) 


                                 Toilet paper, towelettes
                                 Soap, liquid detergent
                                 Feminine supplies
                                 Personal hygiene items
                                 Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)
                                 Plastic bucket with tight lid
                                 Household chlorine bleach


                                 Games and books 

                             Important Family Documents

                                 Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container: 

                                  Will, insurance policies, contracts deeds, stocks and bonds 
                                  Passports, social security cards, immunization records
                                  Bank account numbers
                                  Credit card account numbers and companies
                                  Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers
                                  Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)

    Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Keep a smaller  version of the Disaster Supplies Kit in the trunk of your car.

    Keep items in airtight plastic bags. Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh. Replace your stored food every six months. Re-think your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, and any other supplies you think may become outdated.
    Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications..