Hurricane season is upon us, so if you live in a region that’s subject to hurricanes, it’s time to prepare. You can never be too careful when it comes to natural disasters, so continue reading to find out what you need on your storm prep checklist. I’ll talk about different items and supplies that will make you prepared and ready to take on any emergency.
Food Supply List
Take into consideration any dietary needs and allergies your family members may have when buying these items.
- Water- one gallon of water per person per day
- Juice –fruit juices, vegetable juices, juice boxes, juice pouches
- Powdered or individually packaged drink mixes
- Milk- powdered or evaporated milk
- Canned meats- tuna, salmon, corned beef, etc.
- Dried meats- beef jerky
- Fruit- canned fruits, single serving fruit cups, applesauce (buy apples and oranges when the storm is a few days away)
- Dried fruits- raisins, dates, etc.
- Granola bars
- Rice cakes
- Nuts and trail mix
- Nut butters- peanut butter, almond butter, etc.
- Canned soups, vegetables, chili, and stew
- Condiments- ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, (no mayonnaise since it needs refrigeration)
- Pet food and water for pet
If you have a baby in your household, make sure to get their supplies as well. Baby formula, canned food and juices, bottles, diapers, baby wipes pacifier, clothing, blankets, toys, baby powder and soap. As well as any other supplies specific to the needs of your baby such as medications and special items.
Emergency Supply List
- Battery powered or hand crank radio
- First Aid Kit
- Extra batteries
- Dust masks
- Garbage bags and ties
- Tools-wrench and pliers
- Manual can opener
- Cellphones, cellphone chargers, and backup batteries
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches (store in a waterproof container)
- Lighter fluid
- Hand sanitizer
- Plastic wrap
- Aluminum foil
- Bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
- Waterproof containers and storage bins
Personal Items List
- Prescription medications
- Nonprescription medications such as pain relievers, antacids, laxatives, etc.
- Glasses, contacts, and cleaning solutions
- Feminine hygiene supplies and toiletries items
- Blanket or sleeping bag per person
- Mess kits
- Paper towels, cups, plates, napkins, and plastic utensils
- Cash or traveler’s checks
- Important family documents such as birth certificates, medical information, identification, bank account records, etc. Store in waterproof containers.
- Books, games, and activities for children
No one ever wants to be in the middle of a natural disaster, but it’s better to be prepared now than later. With hurricane season lasting from June 1st- November 30th, it’s never too early to start planning for what could happen. Always be on alert and ready to take your safety into your own hands. Account for your family’s needs when planning on what to get for your storm prep kit. These lists can always be tailored to fit your lifestyle. Now get ready to get prepared!