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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
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
High energy foods
Salt, sugar, pepper, spices, etc.
Food for infants
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
Latex gloves (2 pairs)
2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
Triangular bandages (3)
2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
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
Blankets or sleeping bags
Hat and gloves
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
Matches in a waterproof container
Plastic storage containers
Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water
Map of the area (for locating shelters)
Remember family members with special requirements, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons:
Storm Supplies For Babies
Heart and high blood pressure medication
Contact lenses and supplies
Extra eye glasses
Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
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
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..