Stocking up: Essential Supplies

Stocking up: Essential Supplies

Credit: FEMA

Stocking up: Essential Supplies

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FEMA

It's a good idea to keep hurricane supplies in one place so you'll know exactly where to find them when the time comes.

Stores are always crowded as a hurricane approaches, and supplies of many items may be low.

Hurricane Essentials
  • Flashlights & bulbs
  • Batteries
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank Radio/TV
  • "Rabbit Ears" for TV
  • Manual can opener
  • Garbage bags
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Extra clothing (sturdy)
  • Water purification tablets
  • Camping stove, fuel, matches
  • Coolers
Hardware store
  • Basic tools, hammer, screwdrivers, axe, saw, rake, shovel
  • Exterior grade plywood to cover windows. These can be pre-cut to fit your windows and stored permanently.
  • Screws & nails
  • Plastic sheeting and tarps
  • Rope & duct tape
  • Mop, broom, pail
  • Ladder
  • Work gloves, goggles
  • Pocketknife

 

Drugstore
  • First-aid kit
  • Supply of prescription medication
  • Children's medicines
  • Soap
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Aspirin & other analgesics
  • Disinfectants
  • Baby supplies

 

Grocery Store
  • Bottled water
    (as storm approaches, fill tubs and other containers with tap water)
  • Boxed, canned, powdered milk,
  • Canned juices, instant coffee, tea
  • Canned meats & soup
  • Canned vegetables and fruits
  • Snack foods
  • Spreads (peanut butter & jelly)
  • Bread & cereals
  • Sugar, salt, pepper
  • Pet food
  • Disposable plates & utensils
  • Toilet paper & other toiletries

 

Other Important Items
  • Driver's License
  • Maps
  • Important documents such as proof residence, pictures of your family including pets, insurance policies, and tax records
  • Comfortable clothing and blankets

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