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Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane season officially begins June 1 and ends November 30. If you haven’t already started planning, now is the time to begin your hurricane preparation kit. Waiting until a potential disaster looms puts you at risk for a shortage of supplies, time, and plans for alternative arrangements. Begin your preparation kit with the following to ensure you have the basics. 

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit
• One gallon of water per person, per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation 
• At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food 
• Battery powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert 
• Flashlight 
• First aid kit 
• Extra batteries 
• Whistle to signal for help 
• Dust mask to help filter contaminated air
• Plastic sheeting and duct tape for emergency shelter
• Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation
• Wrench and pliers to turn off utilities 
• Manual can opener for food 
• Cell phone with chargers and backup battery  

Additional Emergency Supplies
• Glasses and contact lens solution 
• Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, and diaper rash cream
• Pet food and extra water for pets
• Cash or traveler’s checks
• Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
• Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person 
• Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
• Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water 
• Fire extinguisher
• Matches in a waterproof container 
• Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
• Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels, and plastic utensils
• Paper and pencil 
• Books, games, puzzles, or other activities for children

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