Following an disaster such as a hurricane, it is probable that you will lose basic services including electricity, water and telephone, and have limited access to food, medicine and water. To ensure that you are prepared for this probability, as part of your hurricane preparedness plan, it is vital that you have sufficient supplies for each member of your family. Don't forget to include your pets!!
It is recommended that for each person, you have the following:
Water – You will need water for drinking, cooking and sanitation purposes. Pack a minimum of 1 gallon daily per person for 7 days.
Food – You will need enough for a minimum of 7 days:
- Non-perishable packaged or canned food and juices
- Foods for individuals with dietary restrictions (i.e. infants, elderly, etc.)
- Snack foods
- Cooking tools and fuel
- Paper plates and plastic utensils
Flashlight and Extra Batteries
Pillows, Blankets and/or Sleeping Bags
Clothing – Include a complete change of clothes suitable for your areas climate. Be sure to include sturdy shoes to protect you from debris or other sharp objects you may encounter outdoors post-storm.
First Aid Kit, Prescription Medication and Other Medicines
Radio - Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
Cleaning Supplies – Include garbage bags, moisture wipes and other items you may need to sanitize your home or surrounding post-disaster.
Special Items – Assess all family member needs. Consider other items needed for infants, elderly and individuals with access and functional needs (i.e. medical items, baby bottles, etc.)
Cash - Banks and ATMs may not be open or available for extended periods following a disaster.
Toys, Books and Games
Important Documents – Consider storing all critical documents in a waterproof container, as well as, saving them electronically. These items can include but are not limited to insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
Pet Care Items
This is not an all-inclusive list. Your family may have additional needs.
- Proper identification / immunization records
- Ample supply of food and water
- Carrier or cage
- Muzzle and leash
- Photo of you and your pet(s) – in the event you are separated from your pet, having an updated photo with your pet will help validate pet ownership.