Hurricane Preparedness Plan

May 26, 2016, 11:56 am EST | Share:

Putting together a basic emergency supply kit is the first step to every family’s preparedness plan.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1. Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
2. Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
3. Packaged Juices – Cans or Cartons
4. Baby Food and Baby Formula
5. Baby Diapers and Wet Wipes
6. Pet Food
7. Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
8. Flashlights and extra batteries, at least 1 flashlight per person.
9. First aid kit
10. Whistle to signal for help
11. Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
12. Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
13. Toiletries – Toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, soap and shampoo
14. Duct tape – this can be extremely valuable during an emergency
15. Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
16. Manual can opener for food
17. Local maps
18. Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
19. Portable Cooler/Ice Chest
20. Bleach – Pure, unscented liquid
21. Tarp with tie-downs

Additionally, when putting your emergency preparedness kit together, be sure to include important documents that you may need.

1. Driver’s License or Photo ID – For each person
2. Important Phone Numbers – Updated address book
3. Home Video/Photos for Insurance
4. Extra Set of Car Keys
5. List of Important Family Information

When a hurricane watch has been issued, this is the time to prepare your home and yard.
Make sure to secure lose items like lawn furniture, toys and equipment. Reinforce your garage door and outdoor gates.
This is also a good time to put up your shutters or begin to board up windows around your home.

Fuel up your vehicle(s), propane tanks and obtain fuel for your generator.

Those who lived through Hurricane Hugo will tell you that saving plastic bottles such as milk jugs, bottled water and soda bottles will be a lifesaver in the event you lose power and water connections. These bottles should be cleaned and filled with fresh water.

Review your evacuation plan and continue to monitor local media.

For more information check out for a complete list of actions to take before, during and after a storm.

Go back to the Hurricane Center.