Hurricane Season 2014: Planning And Preparation Checklist

Hopefully, this will be another quiet hurricane season. But the reality is that at some point, our luck will run out. It really is just a matter of “when.” To give your family the best chance at staying safe, prepare. With the arrival of June, now is THE perfect time to get your family’s hurricane checklist started.


  • Assemble a disaster supply kit.
  • Arrange for someone to check on you.
  • Plan and practice the best escape routes from your home.
  • Plan for transportation if you need to evacuate to a Red Cross shelter.
  • Find the safe place in your home for each type of emergency.
  • Have a plan to signal the need for help.
  • Post emergency phone numbers near the phone.
  • If you have home health care service, plan ahead with your agency for emergency procedures.
  • Teach those who may need to assist you in an emergency how to operate necessary equipment.
  • Have emergency supplies packed and ready in one place before disaster strikes.


  • First aid kit
  • Prescription medicines: list of medications including dosage and list of any allergies
  • Extra eyeglasses and hearing aid batteries
  • Extra wheelchair batteries and oxygen
  • List of the style and serial numbers of medical devices such as pacemakers
  • Medical insurance and medicare cards
  • List of doctors and emergency contacts
  • Other needed items


Keep vital documents close at hand. If you have to evacuate, you’ll want to take necessary and hard-to-replace documents. Here’s a list of what should be in a waterproof, lockable container you can easily grab.

  • Checkbook, savings account passbook
  • Safe deposit box key
  • Birth, death and marriage certificates, divorce decree
  • Will and power of attorney
  • Social Security card and records
  • Military records
  • Medical records (living will, health care surrogacy, etc.)
  • Insurance policies
  • Health insurance cards
  • Retirement account records
  • Recent pay stubs, in case you have to document employment to collect benefits
  • Tax returns
  • Car titles and registrations
  • Mortgage deeds or rental agreements
  • Warranties and receipts
  • Credit cards
  • Passports and green cards
  • Food stamps, WIC or other benefit cards and paperwork
  • List of important phone numbers (relatives, bank and insurance company)
  • Device on which you back up computer files just before you shut down the computer and evacuate
  • Home inventory (on paper, device or video; you should keep another copy in a safe place)
  • A few family photographs or other memorabilia


You should assemble enough supplies to last at least three days. Store them in an easy-to-carry container such as a backpack or duffel bag and be sure it contains an ID tag.

  • Cash (ATMs may not work after the storm)
  • Cellular Phone and Car Charger
  • Drinking Water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Prescription Medicine (2-week supply)
  • Camera
  • Books, Magazines and Toys
  • Ice Chest and Ice
  • Disposable Plates, Glasses and Utensils
  • Manual Can Opener
  • Battery-operated TV/Radio and Clock
  • Spare Batteries
  • Flashlights or Lantern
  • Toilet Paper
  • Diapers and Wipes
  • Baby Food and Formula
  • First Aid Kit
  • Plastic Tarp Sheeting
  • Duct or Masking Tape
  • Nails, Rope, Lumber and Tools
  • Leather-Palm Work Gloves
  • Plastic Garbage Bags
  • Insect Repellent, Sunscreen
  • Soap and Detergent
  • Unscented Bleach for Sterilization
  • Tincture of Iodine or Water
  • Purification Tablets
  • Pet Food and Medicine
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Fuel for Generators and Cars
  • Propane Gas for Grills
  • Charcoal and Lighter Fluid
  • Waterproof Matches and Sterno
  • Non-perishable Food
  • Dried Foods
  • Disinfectant
  • Rain Gear
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