June 1 marks the official start of hurricane season, and while we hope for an uneventful season, it’s best to be prepared. From supplies to keep on hand to resources from the National Hurricane Center, we have you covered.
Here are some tools and supplies to keep in your home:
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
- Manual can opener
- Plastic cups, plates and utensils
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Plastic storage containers, baggies and trash bags
- Fully charged wireless phone charger
It’s a good idea to have a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food. Choose foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little to no water to prepare. Best practice is to store one gallon of water per person per day. Be sure to keep water in containers that won’t decompose or break.
Good options for food include:
- Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
- Canned juices
- High energy foods, like protein bars
Depending on your situation, here are some other items to consider:
- First aid kit
- Personal hygiene items
- Disinfectant and hand sanitizer
- Contact lenses and supplies and extra eye glasses
- Pet supplies, including food and medications
While we receive warnings about hurricanes well in advance, it’s a good idea to make an evacuation plan before you need one.
Here are things to think about when planning your evacuation:
- Determine the best route out of town and include options for back roads in case interstates are crowded.
- Fill up your car with gas early to avoid long lines.
- Determine where you’ll go and the lodging options available. This is especially true if you are traveling with pets.
- Make sure you have a car charger for phones and other personal devices
- Pack important documents in a waterproof container Be sure to pack any wills, birth or death certificates, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, passports, social security cards and medical records.
- Be sure to bring cash and travelers checks.
- Save important telephone numbers outside of your phone in case you are unable to charge your phone.
- Before you leave, it’s a good idea to take inventory of any valuables or furniture you aren’t taking with you. You can either write everything down or take photos.
Making plans in advance is the best way to prepare for whatever hurricane season brings. Click here for more information from the National Hurricane Center.