HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS CHECKLIST
Hereâ€™s a list of what may be needed to weather a storm or prepare for an evacuation:
Water: Save at least one gallon for each person in your household daily for three to seven days.
Food: Stock at least enough for three to seven days. Because electricity may fail, choose non-perishable foods, including canned goods and juices. Also, make sure you can meet the dietary needs for babies or the elderly in your family. It doesnâ€™t hurt to have plenty of snack foods. And make sure you have a non-electric can opener, cooking tools, fuel, paper plates and plastic utensils.
Set aside blankets, pillows, etc.
Clothing: Make sure you pack for the season and include rain gear and sturdy shoes.
First Aid Kit: Along with bandages and other staples, add any necessary medicine and prescription drugs.
Toiletries: Collect hygiene items and moisture wipes.
Flashlights: Gather batteries.
Radio: Youâ€™ll want a battery-operated NOAA weather radio.
Telephones: Keep a fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set.
Cash: Make sure to have some small bills and credit cards. Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods
Toys, Books and Games: Also prepare any special needs for infants and the elderly.
Important documents: Keep these in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag. These items include insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
Tools: Keep a set with you during the storm.
Vehicle: Make sure the fuel tanks are filled.
Pets: Pet care items include proper identification, immunization records, medications, ample food and water, a carrier or cage, and a muzzle and leash.
SOURCE: Information provided by the â€śHurricane Preparedness: Disaster Supply Kitâ€ť from the National Weather Serviceâ€™s National Hurricane Center.