By Jarrod Heil

Hurricane Safety Checklist: Supplies You Need to Stay Safe During a Storm

When a hurricane is bearing down on your area, you need to do everything in your power to ensure the safety of yourself and your family. Remember to not take the storm lightly and begin preparing as soon as possible. Keep in mind stores and gas stations quickly run out supplies.

You can monitor the National Hurricane Center National Hurricane Center website for up-to-date news and alerts. If an evacuation order is issued for your area, it’s best to go ahead and leave the area as soon as possible.

If you decide to hunker down and ride out the hurricane, make sure you have all the necessary supplies. Power and running water may not return for days, or even weeks, after the initial strike, so it’s important to begin shopping as soon as possible to ensure you have enough supplies.

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

1. Bottled Water and Non-Perishable Food Items

  • • One gallon of water per day, per person.
  • • Non-perishable food items, such as ready-to-eat canned soups, meats, fruits, vegetables and juices; beef jerky; peanut butter; cereal, granola and protein bars; boxed drinks and juices.

2. Batteries and Portable Battery-Powered Devices

3. First-Aid Kit

4. Portable Waterproof Container

5. Sanitation Items

6. Emergency Gear

7. Items to Prevent/Repair Damage

8. Fuel