Hurricane Preparedness Assembling a Disaster Kit


As we get closer to Hurricane season now is the time to go through your old kit and update it. Things that should be included this year is a mask for your face, hand sanitizer, and wipes. If you haven’t made a kit or have not gone through it in a while here are things you should include.

  • Cash — Banks and ATMs may not be open or available for extended periods. 
  • Water — at least one gallon per person per day for three to seven days, plus water for pets.
  • Food — at least enough for three to seven days, including Non-perishable packaged or canned food and juices, food for infants and the elderly, snack food, non-electric can opener, vitamins, paper plates, plastic utensils. 
  • Radio — battery powered and NOAA weather radio with extra batteries.
  • Blankets, pillows etc. 
  • Clothing — seasonal, rain gear/ sturdy shoes. 
  • First Aid Kit — plus medicines, prescription drugs. 
  • Special items — for babies and the elderly. 
  • Toiletries — hygiene items, moisture wipes, sanitizer.
  • Flashlight and batteries. 
  • Keys. 
  • Toys, books, games.
  • Pet care items, proper identification, immunization records, ample food and water, medicine, a carrier or cage, leash.

Store important documents in a fire and water proof container.

  • Insurance papers
  • Medical records
  • Bank account numbers
  • Social Security cards
  • Deeds or mortgages
  • Birth and marriage certificates
  • Stocks and bonds
  • Recent tax returns
  • Wills 

Make sure to check in for the latest information from your First Alert Storm Team. Tropical weather can approach the area quickly and forecast can change quickly. Always choose a reliable source for information.

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