Hurricane & Disaster Preparedness

Emergency Supply Kit

The best time to assemble a disaster supply kit is well before the storm hits. Since many of the items are household items, they can easily be picked up all at once or one-by-one during your weekly or bi-weekly trips to the grocery store.

The goal is to store enough supplies for at least 3 days and up to 7 days, if possible. 

Emergency Supplies

  • Easy-to-carry, water-tight container(s) to store all items
  • Water: 1 gallon per person, per day
  • Water purification kit/bleach
  • First aid kit and first aid book
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Pre-cooked, non-perishable foods (canned meats, granola bars, peanut butter, instant soup, cereals, dried fruit, powdered milk, etc.)
  • Portable camp stove or grill with extra propane
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Waterproof lighter
  • Paper diningware (plates, cups, utensils)
  • Paper towels/napkins
  • Aluminum foil
  • Oven mitts
  • Trash bags
  • Baby supplies, if applicable - formula, bottle, pacifier, diapers, baby wipes, etc.
  • Anti-bacterial hand wipes/gel
  • Blanket or sleeping bag per person
  • Battery-operated alarm clock, radio and/or TV (with extra batteries)
  • Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Essential medications and copies of prescriptions
  • Bar soap and toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Cash and change
  • Seasonal change of clothing (including sturdy shoes and work gloves)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Hand tools, duct tape, rope, etc.
  • Documents and back-up discs of important computer files
  • Medical history
  • Photo IDs
  • Camera, books, games, cards, etc.
  • Food, water, leash, and carrier for pets


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  • Get your emergency kit ready
  • Have your evacuation plan ready
  • Gas up your vehicles
  • Secure loose items on your lawn, porches, and patio
  • Check batteries and stock up on canned food, first-aid supplies, drinking water, and medication
  • Store valuables and papers in waterproof containers
  • Secure your boat
  • Inform loved ones as to where you will be during the storm
  • Ensure your weather radio is in working condition
  • Locate your local shelters


Don't Forget Your Pets!

You should include your pets in your family emergency plan and have an emergency kit for them, too! 

If you need to evacuate, bring your pets with you. Securely leash your dogs and carry cats in pet carriers. Do not let pets run free during an emergency, as major storms and other disasters may cause pets to panic, hide, try to escape, or even bite and scratch.

Pet emergency supplies:

  • Enough water & canned/dry food for 3-7 days (get pop top cans or have a can opener)
  • Pet feeding dishes
  • Muzzle, collar, and leash
  • Proper ID, including immunization records (in addition to your pet's ID tag, which should contain his name, telephone number, and any urgent medical needs)
  • Current photos of your pets in case they become lost
  • Medical records (stored in a waterproof container) and a first aid kit
  • A 2-week supply of any medicine your pet requires
  • Pet beds and toys (if easily transportable)
  • Disposable litter trays (aluminum pans) for cats
  • Litter or paper towels
  • A pet traveling bag or sturdy carrier, ideally for each pet
  • Blanket (for fearful pets)
  • Proper fitting muzzle

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