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. Possible containers include a large, covered trash container, a camping backpack, or a duffel bag.
Make your preparations easier by downloading the checklists included with each category and use them as you shop and store your supplies.
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 Kit
Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car.
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.
In the interest of protecting pets, the Humane Society of the United States offers these tips for inclusion in your family disaster plan: