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Things you need for a Hurricane Emergency Kit

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Hurricane season is typically somewhat predictable due to modern tools able to detect and track hurricanes. What is not usually predictable is how a hurricane will afflict a vulnerable area which is prone to these severe storms. Unfortunately hurricanes have strong potential to create a disaster in those susceptible regions.

That being the case, as a preventative measure it is always a good idea to be prepared in case a hurricane hits hard and power is lost. A good emergency kit is a must for any area where any weather or atmospheric conditions exist which can result in disaster.

Here are a few important items to add to a hurricane emergency kit:

*Food and Water

Food and water is an essential necessity for an emergency kit. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recommends supplies for at least three to seven days in an emergency kit. For water it is advised to have stored at least one gallon per person for three to seven days. In terms of food you'll want to keep non-perishable packaged and canned foods, juices and other beverages that do not require refrigeration. Snacks and ready-to-eat foods are good.

Don't forget complementary items needed such as a hand-held can opener, paper plates and plastic utensils. A means to cook is important as well. Grills or other non-electric ways to heat food should be cleaned and in working order prior to the storm.

*Clothing, Blankets and Pillows

These items should be packaged and ready to keep on hand in case of emergency. There should be enough blankets and pillows for each family member. Clothing to set aside for each family member should include weather-appropriate gear which may be needed for either cold or warm weather. Additionally rain gear and sturdy shoes are good items to include.

*Flashlights and Radio

These battery operated items are a necessity. Be sure and keep extra batteries on hand in case extensive use of flashlights or radio needed.

*First Aid Kit

A basic first aid kit should also be included in a disaster hurricane kit. Also with this kit should be any over the counter or prescription medications that family members need.


Any toiletries and hygiene items needed are important additions to an emergency kit.


NOAA recommends keeping a fully charged cell phone with an extra battery. Regular cell phones should be on hand, but it may not be a bad idea to keep a pay as you go telephone in the kit in case there is no way to charge a phone if there is no power for extended periods of time. Additionally an 'old fashioned' corded phone is important as a cordless telephone will be useless in the event of power outage, and this is a good backup to a cell phone, in some instances cell towers may not be functioning properly.


Prior to a hurricane's arrival, try and stash some cash to have in case of emergency. Having some credit cards on hand is another consideration. ATMs may not be working, but some businesses may be equipped to take credit information and run the charges through later once power is restored. Others may not be willing or able to do this, so it is best to be prepared with some cash as well. In the cash saved, it is important to include some small bills as businesses may not have ability to make change.

*Important Documents

Safeguarding important and/or necessary items is also a good practice. NOAA recommends sealing all vital documents in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag. Drivers licenses, medical records, insurance information, bank account details, passports and social security cards are important documents.

*Miscellaneous Items

Any specialized items you may need or desire should be included in your emergency kit. Tools, pet care items and even entertainment items (especially for kids!) should be considered. Setting aside a supply of books, toys and games to help children get through what may be extended periods of time without electricity or ability to play outside will help ease the burden of a disaster.

It is also important to remember during an impending storm to keep your keys with you and to also ensure all your vehicles are filled with gas. After the storm is over, fuel may be at a premium, especially if extended power loss persists and in demand to run generators, if cars are filled up prior to the hurricane, you're prepared.

Also when expectation of a hurricane is tracked to hit your region, always take care to secure your home, and have a family plan and  pet plan as well. Being prepared will not eliminate a disastrous condition, however it can increase safety levels and help get your household through the crisis situation.


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