Summer heralds the beginning of hurricane season. These storms frighten most of us, but being prepared will make you feel more secure. One key part of preparation is ensuring you have a hurricane supply kit – whether or not you live in a susceptible area. If you have never assembled one before, now is the perfect time to do so.
Gold Standard Emergency Prep
Most people believe they are prepared for emergencies, but that means different things to different people. A family with three kids and two pets will have to prepare differently than an elderly couple with physical limitations. However, there are certain items every disaster kit should include. Begin with three days’ worth of food and water. You can add more if you wish, but experts say three days is about how long it takes to access rescue resources.
Always carry identification on your person. If you or your family members take medications, bring an adequate supply. FEMA recommends carrying a first-aid book or other emergency reference material.
Each person should have a complete change of clothes, including long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes. If you have an infant, bring formula diapers, and other baby supplies. Each person and pet should have warm bedding, including a sleeping bag or adequate blanket. For more supplies, please see the FEMA supply list.