Make sure that you and your family are prepared in case of emergency by going through our sample check list below.
Get enough nonperishable foods now for two weeks. Then put them in a box and leave them alone. Don’t buy foods that are salty or dry or high in fat or protein; they’ll make you thirsty.
-Water: 2 qts. to 1 gal. per person (get a week’s supply)
-Packaged juice and milk boxes
-Canned and powdered milk
-Beverages (powdered or canned,
-Fruit juices, instant coffee, tea)
-Prepared foods (canned soups, beef, spaghetti, tuna, chicken, ham, corned beef hash, packaged pudding)
-Canned vegetables and fruits
-Snacks (crackers, cookies, hard candy, nuts)
-Snack spreads (peanut butter, cheese spreads, jelly)
-Sugar, salt, pepper
-Dry and canned pet food
-Extra formula, baby food
-Diaper-rash ointment, petroleum jelly
-Baby medicines (pain, cold, cough)
-Extra formula, baby food
-Manual can opener
-Matches in a plastic bag
-Pocket knife (preferably Swiss Army-style)
-Camp stove or other cooking device and plenty of fuel. Use canned fuel, not charcoal or gas
-Ice chests or coolers
-Paper plates, napkins
-Plastic cups, knives, forks, spoons
-Small can or garbage can with tight lid
-Plastic bags for liners
-Disinfectant or bleach
Health & Medical Needs
-Drugstores will be mobbed just before a storm and closed for days after. Keep a 2-week supply of prescription drugs.
-Medic Alert tags
-Insect repellent sprays and candles
-Feminine hygiene items
-Insect bite lotion
-Extra over-the-counter medicine (for colds, allergies)
-Sterile rolls, bandages
-Plastic bags, jugs or containers (to store water and ice)
-Water purification tablets
-Plastic to line bathtub
-Hand tools - hammer, screwdrivers to use now, shovel and pickax for after the storm
-4x8 ft sheets of plywood 3/8 inch to 1/2 inch thick to put over your windows. Make sure you ask for exterior plywood.
-1/4 inch machine screw sockets and screws
-Plastic sheeting to cover furniture
-Sturdy working gloves
-Duct tape to waterproof items. (Masking tape isn’t strong enough.
-Nails: There are many kinds, so look over your home now and determine what you will need. A nail too small, the wrong shape or hammered in wrong will fail, and that will give the storm the breach it needs to get into your home.
-Battery powered portable cell phone
-Enough AA, AAA and C batteries for at least three days. These are the most commonly used sizes for flashlights, and other portable electronics that might be necessary.
-A hand-powered emergency weather radio
-If you have a smartphone, you can download
, our life-saving app that is like a NOAA Emergency Weather Radio for your mobile device.
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