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Hurricane Preparedness

Checklist and Important Resources

The most important thing you can do as hurricane season approaches is to get yourself, your family and your home prepared.

By starting early, you’ll avoid the rush at home supply stores, grocery stores and other venues typically crowded and often chaotic when hurricane watches and warnings are issued.

You should stock six basics for your home: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items. Keep the items you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to carry container—suggested items are marked with an asterisk (*). Possible containers include a large, covered trash container, a camping backpack, or a duffle bag.

Make your preparations easier by downloading the checklists included with each category and use them as you shop and store your supplies.

hurricaneEmergency Supply List (printable)


ReadyNC Info - Get the ReadyNC app


FEMA Tips for People with Disabilities


Hope4NC Free Crisis Counseling


Autism Social Stories for Hurricanes and Flooding

hurricaneInformation from the American Red Cross Diaster Relief and Recovery for People with Mental Illness

Taking Care of Your Emotional Health After a Disaster (flyer)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Information

Return to Easterseals UCP home page

Food and Water

[download the food and water checklist]



Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Select food items that are compact and lightweight. Include a selection of the following foods in your Disaster Supplies Kit:

First Aid and Non-Prescription Drugs

[download the first aid and non-prescription drug checklist]

First Aid Kit 
Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car.

Non-Prescription Drugs

Tools and Supplies

[download the tools and supplies checklist]

Sanitation, Clothing and Bedding

[download the sanitation, clothing and bedding checklist]


Clothing and Bedding
*Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.

Special Items

[download the special items checklist: infants, adults, pets]

Remember family members with special requirements, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons.

For Baby*

For Adults*


For Pets

In the interest of protecting pets, the Humane Society of the United States offers these tips for inclusion in your family disaster plan:

Possessions and Documents

[download the possessions and documents checklist]

Source/Reference: American Red Cross

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