TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Hurricane Preparedness Week runs May 9 through May 15 and is your time to prepare for the potential of a tropical storm or hurricane.
Tuesday’s focus is on your disaster supply kit – if you assemble what you need early in the season, you will save precious time and even money when a storm threatens our area.
You’re going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for the potentially lengthy and unpleasant aftermath. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum of one week. Electricity and water could be out for at least that long.
You’ll need extra cash, a battery-powered radio and flashlights. Many of us have cell phones, and they all run on batteries. You’re going to need a portable, crank or solar powered USB charger.
What to plan for
You’ll need to plan for two situations: Remaining in your home after a disaster or evacuating to a safer location.
Have a three-day supply of food and water on hand — plan for one gallon of water per person per day and food that won’t spoil.
Keep a manual can opener and emergency tools including a fire extinguisher, battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of batteries.
Disaster supply checklist
Be sure to gather the following items to ensure your family’s basic comfort and well-being in case of evacuation.
- Cash — banks and ATMs may not be open or available for extended periods.
- Water — at least one gallon per person per day for three to seven days, plus water for pets.
- Food — at least enough for three to seven days, including: Non-perishable packaged or canned food and juices, food for infants and the elderly, snack food, non-electric can opener, vitamins, paper plates, plastic utensils.
- Radio — battery powered and NOAA weather radio with extra batteries.
- Blankets, pillows etc.
- Clothing — seasonal, rain gear/ sturdy shoes.
- First Aid Kit — plus medicines, prescription drugs.
- Special items — for babies and the elderly.
- Toiletries — hygiene items, moisture wipes, sanitizer.
- Flashlight and batteries.
- Toys, books, games.
- Pet care items, proper identification, immunization records, ample food and water, medicine, a carrier or cage, leash.
- Store important documents in a fire and water proof container.
- Insurance papers
- Medical records
- Bank account numbers
- Social Security cards
- Deeds or mortgages
- Birth and marriage certificates
- Stocks and bonds
- Recent tax returns
Keep your kit fresh
Remember to replace stored food and water every six months, keep a fresh supply of batteries on hand and keep your most important up-to-date family papers in a fire and water proof container.
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