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hurricane supply checklist

Emergency Storm Supply Checklist

Storm Checklist

A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items a family would need to stay safe and be more comfortable during and after a disaster. Disaster supplies kit items should be stored in a portable container as close as possible to the exit door.

During a storm, safety should be your number one priority, not running around gathering supplies. For this reason, it is important to stock up on storm supplies before the storm is on top of you so you can focus on what's most important: making sure you and everyone else is safe. Always follow evacuation / take-cover orders when they are issued for your area.

Review the contents of your kit at least once per year or as your family needs change.

Storm Preparedness Kit for your Home

  • Cell phone and extra, pre-charged cell phone batteries
  • Generator
  • Flashlights / extra batteries
  • Portable, battery-powered weather radio or television and extra batteries
  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food and manual can opener
  • Three-day supply of water (one gallon of water per person, per day)
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Hand sanitizer, moist towelettes, and toilet paper
  • Matches and waterproof container
  • Whistle
  • Clothing and bedding
  • Extra prescription medication you may need to take
  • Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils
  • Photocopies of identification and credit cards
  • Cash and coins
  • Special needs items such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens solution, and hearing aid batteries
  • Items for babies including formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers
  • Tools, pet supplies, a map of your local area, and other items to meet your unique family needs
  •  Mess kits, or paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils
  •  Emergency preparedness manual
  •  Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
  •  Flashlight and extra batteries
  •  Cash or traveler's checks, change
  •  Non-electric can opener, utility knife
  •  Fire extinguisher: small canister ABC type
  •  Tube tent
  •  Pliers
  •  Tape
  •  Compass
  •  Matches in a waterproof container
  •  Aluminum foil
  •  Plastic storage containers
  •  Signal flare
  •  Paper, pencil
  •  Needles, thread
  •  Medicine dropper
  •  Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water
  •  Whistle
  •  Plastic sheeting

If you live in a cold climate, you must think about staying warm. It is possible that you will not have heat during or after a disaster. Think about your clothing and bedding needs. Be sure to include one set of the following for each person:

  •  Shoes
  •  Hat, mittens, and scarf
  •  Sleeping bag or warm blanket

Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container such as a duffle bag, backpack, or even a trash container.

Storm Preparedness Kit for your Car
Keep the following items in your car in case of an emergency:

  • Flashlight, extra batteries, and maps
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Florescent distress flag
  • Tire repair kit, booster / jumper cables, tire pump, and emergency flares
  • Bottled water and non-perishable foods such as granola bars
  • Seasonal supplies for winter:
  • Winter blanket
  • Hat
  • Mittens
  • Snow shovel
  • Sand
  • Tire chains
  • Windshield scraper
  • Seasonal supplies for summer:
  • Sunscreen lotion (SPF 15 or greater)
  • Shade item (umbrella, wide brimmed hat, or tarp)

Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot weather and intense physical activity can double this amount. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need more.

  • Store one gallon of water per person per day.
  • Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person.

Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a small camping burner or can of sterno. Select food items that are compact and lightweight.

Include a selection of the following foods in your Disaster Supplies Kit:

  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
  • Canned juices
  • High energy foods
  • Salt, sugar, pepper, spices, etc.
  • Vitamins
  • Food for infants
  • Comfort/stress foods

First Aid Kit
Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car. A first aid kit should include:

  • Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
  • Assorted sizes of safety pins
  • Cleansing agent/soap
  • Latex gloves (2 pairs)
  • Sunscreen
  • 2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
  • 4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
  • Triangular bandages (3)
  • Non-prescription drugs
  • 2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
  • 3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Needle
  • Moist towelettes
  • Antiseptic
  • Thermometer
  • Tongue blades (2)
  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant

Clothing and Bedding
Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person:

  • Sturdy shoes or work boots
  • Rain gear
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Hat and gloves
  • Thermal underwear
  • Sunglasses

Special Items
Remember family members with special requirements, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons:

Storm Supplies For Babies

  • Formula
  • Diapers
  • Bottles
  • Powdered milk
  • Medications

For Adults

  • Heart and high blood pressure medication
  • Insulin
  • Prescription drugs
  • Denture needs
  • Contact lenses and supplies
  • Extra eye glasses

Non-Prescription Drugs

  • Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid (for upset stomach)
  • Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)
  • Laxative
  • Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)


  • Toilet paper, towelettes
  • Soap, liquid detergent
  • Feminine supplies
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)
  • Plastic bucket with tight lid
  • Disinfectant
  • Household chlorine bleach


  • Games and books

Important Family Documents
Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container:

  • Will, insurance policies, contracts deeds, stocks and bonds
  • Passports, social security cards, immunization records
  • Bank account numbers
  • Credit card account numbers and companies
  • Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers
  • Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)

Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Keep a smaller version of the Disaster Supplies Kit in the trunk of your car.

Keep items in airtight plastic bags. Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh. Replace your stored food every six months. Re-think your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, and any other supplies you think may become outdated.

Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications.

*This information is general and is not intended to replace or override any of the advice, warnings, or information given by local officials, FEMA, NOAA, or any other official regulatory organization or government branch regarding storm safety in the form of thunderstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, hail storms, floods, or any other natural disaster or man-made disaster. Always follow take-cover recommendations, evacuation orders, and any other advice given by local officials for your area, regardless of whether it is similar to or different from the information on