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Buy supplies early. Don’t wait until a storm threatens. Lines will be long and supplies short.

HURRICANE KIT

Assemble this now. Put aside in a special box. Keep heat-sensitive items inside home and rotate stock throughout season:

  •  Flashlights and extra bulbs
  • Clock (wind-up or battery-operated)
  • Battery-operated radio
  • Extra batteries (can be stored in refrigerator)
  • Toilet paper
  • Matches (camping stores have waterproof matches)
  • Scissors
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Working fire extinguisher
  • Clean change of clothes, rain gear, sturdy swamp boots
  • Fully charged battery-operated lanterns. Don’t use candles and kerosene lanterns. They are fire hazards.
  • Map of the area
  • List of phone numbers
  • Copy of insurance policy

    FOOD SUPPLIES

    Get enough nonperishable foods now to last two weeks. Then put them in a box and leave them alone. Note: Canned and other prepared foods that are salty or dry or high in fat or protein might make for good provisions, but they’ll also make you thirsty.

  • Water: Enough for 1 gallon of drinking water per person/per day, for one-week minimum. Water for two weeks is ideal. (Also, figure another 1 gallon per person/per day of water for washing hands, flushing toilets and for pets.)
  • Ice or dry ice
  • Shelf-stable milk and juice boxes
  • Canned and powdered milk
  • Beverages (powdered or canned, fruit juices, instant coffee, tea)
  • Raw vegetables that don’t need refrigeration (will last only a few days)
  • Canned vegetables and fruits
  • Dried fruits
  • Prepared foods (canned soups, beef, spaghetti, tuna, chicken, ham, corned beef hash, packaged pudding)
  • Snacks (crackers, cookies, hard candy, unsalted nuts)
  • Snack spreads (peanut butter,cheese spreads, jelly)
  • Cereals
  • Sugar, salt, pepper
  • Bread
  • Dry and canned pet food 
  • HARDWARE

  • Hand tools: hammer, screwdrivers to use now, shovel and pickax for after the storm
  • Power screwdriver
  • Quarter-inch machine screw sockets and screws
  • Plastic sheeting to cover furniture
  • Rope
  • Sturdy working gloves
  • Duct tape to waterproof items; masking tape isn’t strong enough
  • Canvas tarps
  • Sturdy nails

    FIRST-AID KIT

    Drugstores will be mobbed just before a storm and closed for days after. Keep a two-week supply of prescription drugs. Your first-aid kit should include:

  • Medical supplies
  • First-aid handbook
  • Insect repellent sprays
  • Citronella candles, insect bite lotion
  • Petroleum jelly, for relieving itching
  • Ointments for burns, cuts
  • Antiseptic solution
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra over-the-counter medicine (for colds, allergies, cough)
  • Aspirin, acetaminophen, antacid
  • Children’s medicines
  • Diarrhea medication
  • Feminine hygiene items
  • Incontinence supplies
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Iodine
  • Disinfectant
  • Wet wipes
  • Moist towelette packets
  • Medic Alert tags
  • Thermometer
  • Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
  • Cotton-tipped swabs
  • Sterile rolls
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Roller bandages
  • Tweezers
  • Needles
  • Adhesive tape
  • Safety pins
  • Latex gloves

    KITCHEN SUPPLIES

  • Waterless hand sanitizer
  • Manual can opener
  • Water purification tablets
  • Bottle opener
  • Matches in a plastic bag
  • Pocket knife
  • Camp stove or other cooking device and plentyof fuel. (Use only canned fuel indoors — never charcoal or gas. Buy extragas or charcoal to use in well-ventilated space after storm has passed.)
  • Ice chests or coolers
  • Paper plates, napkins
  • Plastic cups, utensils
  • Disposable pans for cooking
  • Plastic bags, jugs or containers for water and ice

    BABY NEEDS

  • Disposable diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Diaper-rash ointment
  • Baby medicines
  • Medicine dropper
  • Extra formula, baby food

    EMERGENCY TOILET

  • Garbage can with tight lid
  • Plastic bags for liners
  • Disinfectant or bleach
  • Deodorizer
  • Extra toilet paper
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