Hurricane season begins June 1st, just 18 days away. If you haven’t started yet, now is the time to get ready for those big storms. One important thing you can do for yourself and your family is put together a hurricane/disaster supply kit. I went to the National Hurricane Center’s website to find out what should be in this kit.

  • Plenty of water: at least 3-7 gallons/person and more if you have pets.
  • Food: enough for 3-7 days. Choose non-perishable food and drinks. Make sure you also have food for babies/elderly/pets (if appropriate). You’ll also need a non-electric can opener, plastic utensils, paper plates, kitchen tools and fuel for cooking.
  • Clothing: including seasonal, rain gear and sturdy shoes. You’ll probably want to wear long sleeves and pants to protect yourself from mosquitoes.
  • Blankets and pillows
  • Toiletries, Hygiene Items and Moisture Wipes: Be sure to include any special items needed for babies (like diaper cream). You should also pack sunscreen and mosquito spray.
  • Flashlight and Batteries
  • Radio
  • Fully charged cell phone with extra battery
  • Medications: both prescription and OTC (including allergy relief)
  • Cash and Credit Card
  • Important Documents: This includes medical records, insurance info, social security cards, bank account numbers (all kept in water proof bag or container.
  • Tools
  • Keys
  • First Aid Kit: with gauze, tape, scissors, adhesive bandages, antibiotic ointment (apply to the dressing, not directly to the wound), sterile disposable gloves, hydrogen peroxide, sterile saline, alcohol/ or antiseptic, clean white wash cloths and towels, super glue (this can be used to close up a small wound), sterile needle and non-dyed cotton thread (in case you need to stitch up a wound) , OTC medications for pain relief, diarrhea, upset stomach and mosquito bites and a snake bite kit. Don’t forget to pack supplies for your pets as well.

For more information about hurricanes and other natural disasters click here. Stay tuned for my next post about Preparing for a Hurricane. Next time I’ll talk about preparing your home and yard.

Hurricane Frances was one of several major hurricanes to hit Florida in 2004.