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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, pets, and your home prepared.

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.

Food and Water


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

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

Non-Prescription Drugs

Tools and Supplies



Clothing and Bedding

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

Special Items

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

Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container:

Source/Reference: American Red Cross

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