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Hurricane Safety Checklist

You should stock six basics for your home: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items. 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
Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need more.
Store one gallon of water per person per day.
Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for each person in your household for food preparation/sanitation).*

*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:
Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
Canned juices
Staples (salt, sugar, pepper, spices, etc.)
High energy foods
Food for infants
Comfort/stress foods

First Aid and Non-Prescription Drugs
*First Aid Kit
(20) adhesive bandages, various sizes.
(1) 5″ x 9″ sterile dressing.
(1) conforming roller gauze bandage.
(2) triangular bandages.
(2) 3 x 3 sterile gauze pads.
(2) 4 x 4 sterile gauze pads.
(1) roll 3″ cohesive bandage.
(2) germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
(6) antiseptic wipes.
(2) pair large medical grade non-latex gloves.
Adhesive tape, 2″ width.
Anti-bacterial ointment.
Cold pack.
Scissors (small, personal).
CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield.

Non-Prescription Drugs
*Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever
*Anti-diarrhea medication
*Antacid (for stomach upset)
*Activated charcoal (use if advised by the American Association of Poison Control Centers)

Tools and Supplies
*Mess kits, or paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils*
*Emergency preparedness manual*
*Battery-operated radio and extra batteries*
*Flashlight and extra batteries*
*Cash or traveler’s checks, change*
*Non-electric can opener, utility knife*
*Fire extinguisher: small canister ABC type
*Tube tent
*Matches in a waterproof container
*Aluminum foil
*Plastic storage containers
*Signal flare
*Paper, pencil
*Needles, thread
*Medicine dropper
*Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water
*Plastic sheeting
*Map of the area (for locating shelters)

Sanitation, Clothing and Bedding
Toilet paper, towelettes*
Soap, liquid detergent*
Feminine supplies*
Personal hygiene items*
Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)
Plastic bucket with tight lid
Household chlorine bleach

*Clothing and Bedding
Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.
Sturdy shoes or work boots
Rain gear
Blankets or sleeping bags
Hat and gloves
Thermal underwear

Special Items
Any and all medications
Heart and high blood pressure medication
Prescription drugs
Denture needs
Contact lenses and supplies
Extra eye glasses


*Board games and other games that don’t require batteries or electricity.

For Pets
Securely fasten a current identification tag to your pet’s collar and carry a photograph of your pet. It’s important to include the phone number of a friend or family member on the tag so anyone who may find your pet is able to reach someone who knows you.
Transport pets in secure pet carriers and keep pets on leashes or harnesses.
Call hotels in a safe/host location and ask if you can bring your pets. Ask the manager if a no-pet policy can be lifted during the disaster. Most emergency shelters do not admit pets.
Call friends, family members, veterinarians or boarding kennels in a safe/host location to arrange foster care if you and your pets cannot stay together.
Pack a week’s supply of food, water and other provisions, such as medication or cat litter.
Do not wait until the last minute to evacuate. Rescue officials may not allow you to take your pets if you need to be rescued.
Keep a list of emergency phone numbers

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