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What to put in your 2020 hurricane kit

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Posted at 5:58 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 17:58:02-04

FLORIDA — With a busy hurricane season predicted, it's going to be more critical now, especially due to COVID-19, to have your hurricane kit stocked and ready to go.

Experts say be prepared to have enough essentials to last you 72 hours, even longer is ideal. Here's an example of what you should need from Ready.gov:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Emergency managers in our area, also say you should have a large bottle of hand sanitizer and cloth masks in your kit in case you have to evacuate.

Some of these things could be hard to find.

Meteorologist Greg Dee suggests keeping an eye on Amazon, but watch for limited availability and longer shipping.

He also suggests checking eBay, Hardware stores and pharmacies to see if they have what you need; many are also doing curbside pick-up. Also, use apps like Instacart and Shipt.

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2020 STORM NAMES

Arthur
Bertha
Cristobal
Dolly
Edouard
Fay
Gonzalo
Hanna
Isaias
Josephine
Kyle
Laura
Marco
Nana
Omar
Paulette
Rene
Sally
Teddy
Vicky
Wilfred

HURRICANE TERMS TO KNOW

Tropical Storm WATCH: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified coastal area within 48 hours.

Tropical Storm WARNING: An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected within the specified coastal area within 36 hours.

Hurricane WATCH: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

Hurricane WARNING: An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds