Prepare an all-hazards supply kit

Having a basic survival kit ready to sustain yourself and your family after an emergency is an essential part of preparation.

Think first about basic survival needs: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth. Emergency responders may not be able to get to you immediately after a disaster. Being prepared means choosing to be a hurricane survivor.

Start by reviewing the lists below.

Food needs

Drinking water: 1 gallon per person per day; 3- to 7-day supply

Nonperishable food that meets your dietary requirements: 3- to 7-day supply

Manual can opener or pop-top cans/containers and eating utensils

Juice/soft drinks/instant coffee or tea

Plastic wrap/zip-top bags/garbage bags

Paper plates, cups, aluminum foil

Cooler for food storage and ice

Lighter/matches, pots/pans

Camp stove or grill

Personal items

Sleeping bags, pillows, blankets

Lawn chairs, folding chairs, cots

Personal hygiene items

Prescriptions and over the counter medications

Spare glasses, contacts

Extra hearing aid batteries

Baby/infant needs, such as diapers, formula, extra clothes and more

Rain gear

Closed-toe work shoes, no sandals

Pets and service animals

Water – 1 gallon per day for each

animal; 7-day supply

Cage or carrier for each animal

Food and treats

Toys and comfort items

Cleaning supplies

Immunization records, photos

Basic safety equipment

Battery or hand-crank radio

Chargers, batteries, etc., for smart phones and tablets


Extra batteries

Light sticks to replace candles

Miscellaneous items

Spare keys

Important papers

ID, including driver’s license, insurance cards, etc.

Cash, credit cards, coins, checks

Medical equipment

Medical equipment and assistive devices

First aid kit

Medical alert tags or bracelets to identify your disability-related need. ¦

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