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Hurricane Preparedness: What’s in Your Emergency Supply Kit?
6/1/2020 1:00:00 PM

Emergency Supply Kit


This year’s storm season could be a wild ride. AccuWeather’s 2020 Atlantic hurricane season forecast calls for 14-18 tropical storms during this upcoming season. Of those storms, seven to nine are forecast to become hurricanes, and two to four are predicted to strengthen into major hurricanes. One of the first things you should do, even before a storm looms in the Gulf of Mexico, is to assemble an emergency supply kit; something you can grab and go, if need be. Your basic emergency kit could include the following items:

  • Food and Water: One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days. At least a three-day supply of non-perishable foods. Pet food. Manual can opener.
  • Tools and Maintenance Items:Flashlight(s) and extra batteries. Basic tool kit including wrench or pliers for turning off utilities, if necessary. Dust mask to help filter contaminated air. Plastic trash bags. Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place.
  • Personal Items:Moist towelettes, toothpaste, personal hygiene products. Glasses and contact lenses. Sleeping bag for each person. At least one complete change of clothing for each person.
  • First Aid Kit:Latex or other sterile gloves. Sterile dressings to stop bleeding. Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes. Antibiotic ointment. Burn ointment. Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes. Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant. A thermometer. Prescription medications you take every day (periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates). Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies. Scissors and tweezers. Petroleum jelly or other lubricant. Non-prescription drugs: aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids, laxatives.
  • Miscellaneous Items: Copies of important papers such as insurance documents, medical forms, and ID's. Paper, pencils and pens.

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