Being prepared in the event of a hurricane may be your best protection. Hurricanes, which can cause flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes, are not only threatening to your property but your life as well if you’re not prepared.
The Red Cross suggests a number of supplies to prepare and help protect you in the event and aftermath of a hurricane.
- Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
- Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
- Multi-purpose tool
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
- Cell phone with chargers
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra cash
- Emergency blanket
- Map(s) of the area
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
- Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, and bowl)
- Tools/supplies for securing your home
- Extra set of car keys and house keys
- Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
- Rain gear
- Insect repellent and sunscreen
- Camera for photos of damage
It wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep all these (or as many as you can) already stock in a duffel bag or a medical equipment bag. When an emergency happens you need to be ready to go at pretty much less than a moment’s notice.
Check out the Red Cross’ complete Hurricane Safety checklist for what do before and after a hurricane.