As we near the business end of the hurricane season it seems timely to start posting some hurricane preparedness lists.
I thought it would be good to start with just a general list of items to have on hand.
Use this list to help you collect items you’ll need during and after a storm.
Pack a to-go bag: This overnight bag should be easy to take with you if you have to evacuate in a hurry and should include a change of clothes, bottled water, flashlight and important documents.
Cash: ATMs and credit card machines may not work for a while after the storm.
Battery-operated radio: Make sure you have extra batteries too, so that you can keep up with news reports and alerts. Hand-crank radios work well, too.
Secure a two-week supply of prescription medicine: Anyone on prescription medications, as well as pregnant women, should pack a two-week supply of their meds in a sealable plastic bag, clearly labeled. Include instructions for taking the medications, too.
Flashlight and lanterns: Make sure you have a couple of flashlights, candles, matches, lanterns and other alternate sources of light.
Personal hygiene items: It might be hard to get to the store to buy toilet paper, tissues, soap and other sanitary items after the storm.
Extra keys: Having an extra set of keys in your kit is a good idea in case people get separated or if they’re lost in a flood or the confusion.
Pet items: Remember food, medicine and water for your pet, too.
Disinfectant: You never know what mess you’ll have after a storm.
Checklist: This printable checklist can serve as a guide for your own personal checklist. Give one to each family member to personalize.
Extra batteries: You’ll need extra batteries for your radio, flashlights, and other items. Get these early before they all sell out.
Prepare early: Emergency items sell out quickly at the stores, so stock up your kit before hurricane season even starts, and replenish food supplies every six months.