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How to Prepare for a Hurricane with a Hurricane Supply Kit

By Edited Apr 30, 2016 0 2

Hurricanes can be catastrophic and destructive, but for those living in its possible path, preparedness is key. Therefore, everyone who may face a hurricane should have a hurricane survival kit. Every kit may be different to each particular family's needs but every hurricane kit should include a portable radio, flashlight, extra batteries, a supply of non-perishable foods, bottled water, a first aid kit, extra prescription medication, and extra food and supplies for infants and pets. Below is a complete list of everything and anything that may be needed to survive a destructive hurricane and therefore, should be in a hurricane preparedness kit.

How to Prepare for a Hurricane with a Hurricane Survival Kit

Essential Items You Should Have in a Hurricane Survival Kit

  • Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
    • Water purification tablets (halazone)
  • Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days
    • Canned goods and nonperishable foods that do not need cooking
    • foods for infants or the elderly
    • non-electric can opener
    • cooking tools / fuel
    • paper plates / plastic utensils
  • Flashlight and Batteries
  • Radio - Battery or crank operated and preferably a NOAA weather radio
  • Watch or battery operated clock
  • Blankets and Pillows
  • Clothing
    • seasonal
    • rain gear
    • sturdy shoes
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medications - at least a 7 day supply
  • Medical Supplies -such as hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses/contact lenses, syringes, etc..
  • Important documents - in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag
    • medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
  • Toiletries and Personal Hygiene Items
  • Baby supplies - bottles, formula, baby food, diapers
  • Telephones - Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
  • Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards - Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods
  • Keys - Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Toys, Books and Games -to keep kids entertained without power
  • Tools or a Multi-purpose tool
  • Vehicle fuel tanks filled
  • Pet care items
    • proper identification / immunization records / medications
    • ample supply of food and water & a bowl
    • a carrier or cage
    • muzzle and leash
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Map(s) of the area
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Camera for photos of damage
  • Masking and duct tape
  • Matches
  • Canned heat (sterno)
  • Portable outdoor camping stove or grill with fuel supply
  • Plastic trash bags
  • Plastic sheeting or drop cloth
  • Chlorinated bleach


The best way to be safe in a hurricane is to be prepared.  Be sure to listen to your local news for the most up to date hurricane information and if you are being advised to evacuate, be sure to evacuate and do not try to ride the hurricane out.  In addition to making a hurricane survival kit, be sure you know what other steps to take to prepare for a hurricane and also be aware of what you should know and what to do after a hurricane.



Dec 8, 2011 9:57pm
If you have a tent you may want to throw that on the list too. A good way to get used to working with this sort of stuff is to go camping. The last thing you want to be doing is be struggling to put a tent up after an emergency.
Dec 13, 2011 2:15pm
Living in the Northeast corner of Texas, we don't worry too much about hurricanes, but the tornadoes.... wow! My brother lives near Daytona Florida, so he has all the essentials ready at all times. Great article on how to be prepared for hurricanes. The same advice could be used for tornadoes, losing your home in a flood, etc. Good advice for your readers.
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