Here is a list of items you will need to survive a hurricane:
- Cash - Without power, banks and automatic teller machines may be closed temporarily. Businesses may not accept checks or credit cards.
- Four week supply of medications.
- At least two weeks supply of nonperishable/special dietary foods.
- Drinking water - at least one gallon per person per day for two weeks.
- Flashlights and batteries for each member of the family.
- Portable radio and at least seven sets of batteries.
- Mosquito repellent
- First aid book and kit including bandages, antiseptic, tape, compresses, non-aspirin pain reliever and anti-diarrhea medication.
- Two coolers. One for food and the other to keep ice.
- Charcoal and ice. These are in short supply before and after storms.
- Plastic tarp for roof or window repair, screening, garbage bags, tools and nails.
- Water purification kit (tablets, chlorine, iodine).
- Infant necessities (medicine, sterile water, diapers, ready formula, bottles).
- Clean-up supplies (mop, buckets, towels, disinfectant).
- Camera and film.
- Non-electric can opener.
- Extra batteries for camera, flashlights, radio, portable TV, lamps, etc.
- Plastic trash bags.
- Toilet paper, paper towels, and pre-moistened towelettes.
If you purchase any items after a storm, get a receipt. Insurance may cover costs of emergency food and ice.
If you are evacuating you may have to stay in a shelter for a while. The Red Cross does not allow alcoholic beverages, weapons or pets in shelters.
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Here are suggested items to bring to a shelter:
- Pillows, blankets, sleeping bags and air mattresses.
- Extra clothing, shoes, eye glasses, etc. Lightweight folding chairs and cots.
- Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, contact solution, etc).
- Quiet games, books, playing cards, and favorite toys for children.
- Important papers including drivers license, special medical information, insurance policies, and property inventories.
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