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Hurricane Preparedness

Suppies - Building a Disaster Supply Kit

Building your Disaster Supply Kit and keeping it stocked is one of the most crucial parts of Hurricane Preparedness. Days before the storm hits, stores will be packed and in low stock of critical goods like bottled water and batteries. Building your kit early and keeping it stocked and fresh will help relieve anxiety of running out of supplies in an already stressful time. 

Here is a basic supply lists that should be found in every Disaster Supply Kit:

  • 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 - one for each family member
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery 

Your Disaster Supply Kit may vary for your needs. Food for your pets and medications should be included as needed, and important documentation, such as copies of insurance policies, bank account records, and birth certificates should also be added in the event you need to evacuate. 

Step-by-Step

Keep it Stocked!

Prepping early and keeping your supplies stocked through the season is crucial. Regularly check expiration dates, damaged items, and keep your kit somewhere accessible and ready to go. https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php

Image of an Example Disaster Supply Kit