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
Minimum 3-day supply. A two-week supply is highly recommended. Let’s face it, bottled water and non-perishable food doesn’t go bad quickly, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
- • 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
AA, AAA and D batteries; flashlight and headlamp to free up hands in the dark; radio tuned to NOAA.
3. First-Aid Kit
Prepackaged or created with adhesive bandages, antibiotic ointment, adhesive cloth tape, sterile gauze pads, over-the-counter and prescription medication, insect repellent and whistle.
4. Portable Waterproof Container
This can be used to house passports, birth certificates, social security cards, contracts, deeds, credit cards and banking information, family records, cash and traveler’s checks.
5. Sanitation Items
Non-latex gloves, antibacterial hand sanitizer and soap.
6. Emergency Gear
Matches, lighters or waterproof fire-starter, candles, generator, waterproof clothing, sleeping bags, extra clothes and blankets, non-electric can opener, strong tape.
7. Items to Prevent/Repair Damage
Hurricane shutters, storm panels, strong plywood or plastic sheeting; hammer, nails, pliers, wrench, screwdriver and screws.
For your car and generator. Gas stations tend to run out of fuel quickly, so be sure to fill up extra containers. Do not use generators inside your home or garage or near doors, windows or vents.