Hurricane supply checklist

A tropical storm or hurricane threatens the North Carolina coast and what you do before the storm hits could end up saving your life.

Being prepared long before a storm comes on shore is key. A checklist, like the one we have online at wnct.com will insure you and your family are ready.

Experts suggest you have enough supplies on hand to last for at least 3 days. The most important element in your supply kit is water and plenty of it. You should have at least one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation.

Also, you’ll want to maintain at least a three day supply of non-perishable food for you and your family.

Some other basic items you should include are a manual can opener, a flashlight, a battery powered radio, sanitation and personal hygiene items, a first aid kit, non-prescription drugs like pain relievers and Benadryl, prescription drugs, clothing and bedding, and some basic tools.

If you have a baby or infant, don’t forget to include plenty of supplies for him or her and also make sure your pets have what they need to weather the storm. Things like books, games, and a deck of cards can be a big help in keeping you and your family entertained.

It’s a lot of work up front, but you’ll appreciate having these supplies ready when the time comes.

“It’s important because a hurricane is a very large system and while the direct center of the storm many not track over your area, the effects can be felt far away from the storm,” explained David Glenn, Meteorologist, NWS Newport. “So you can still be impacted significantly even if the storm didn’t go directly over you.”

Once you have your emergency supply kit together, there are a few more things you’ll need to check off your list to be ready.

In the days before the storm hits, you’ll want to prepare your home. Secure loose outdoor items, trim dead or weak tree branches, and board up your windows. It’s also a good idea to move furniture away from windows and store important documents in waterproof containers.

Finally, whether you evacuate or not, you’ll want to make sure you have enough cash to last you at least two weeks.

Download your free WNCT 9 First Alert Weather Hurricane Supply Checklist

 

CHECKLIST

Hurricane Supply Kit:

 Flashlights & extra bulbs
 Cell phone with charger
 Battery-operated radio
 Battery-operated lanterns
 Batteries (in different sizes)
 Matches (in a waterproof container)
 First aid kit
 Duct tape
 Rain gear
 Bleach or iodine tablets for sanitizing water (16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water)  Clock (wind-up or battery-powered)
 Plastic garbage bags
 Fire extinguisher
 Scissors
 Can Opener
 Clean clothes
 Extra blankets
 Heavy gloves
 Pet supplies (pet carriers/leashes/ harnesses, bedding, food and water dishes, medication, cat litter, toys, ID tag)

Food and Water:
Pack non-perishable food for each person for 3-7 days.
 Bottled water (1 gallon/person/day for drinking & 1 gallon/person/day for food preparation and sanitation)
 Bottled juice
 Two coolers (One for drinks & one for food)
 Comfort/stress foods (cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, lollipops, instant coffee, tea bags)  Canned foods
 Staples – sugar, salt, pepper in water proof containers.
 High energy foods like crackers, granola bars, trail mix.
 Dry pet food
 Paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils

Medical Needs:

 Medic-alert tags
 Insect-repellent sprays
 Sunscreen
 Soap
 First aid kit
 Prescription medication
 Vitamins
 Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
 Anti-diarrhea medication  Antacid (for stomach upset)
 Laxative
 Over-the-counter medication
 Children’s medicine
 Bandages
 Adhesive tape
 Antiseptic solution
 Thermometer
 Tweezers
Sanitation:
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 Toilet paper, towelettes, soap, baby wipes, liquid hand sanitzer
 Liquid detergent
 Feminine supplies
 Personal hygiene items (toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo etc.)  Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)
 Plastic bucket with tight lid
 Household chlorine bleach, disinfectant
 Plenty of absorbent towels

Clothing and Bedding:

 At least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person
 Sturdy shoes or work boots
 Towels
 Rain gear
 Blankets or sleeping bags  Pillows
 Hat and gloves
 Sunglasses
 Tent
 Lawn chairs

Baby & Infant Needs:
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 Special foods (enough for several days)
 Formula (enough for several days)
 Extra diapers
 Medicines (get a copy of prescription)
 Blankets
 Diaper Rash Ointment
 Baby Wipes  Powder
 Bottles
 Pacifier
 Favorite toy/blanket
 Medicine dropper
 Diaper-rash ointment

Entertainment:

 Games
 Books
 Cards  Extra batteries for games
 Coloring books, crayons

Tools and Supplies:

 Aluminum foil
 Masking and/or duct tape
 Handsaw
 Razor knife
 Ax or chain saw
 Nails and screws
 Ladder
 Portable generator
 Wheelbarrow
 Bucket/mop, broom
 Fire extinguisher
 Hammer
 Screwdriver
 Pliers/wrenches
 Rope
 Shovel, rake  All purpose cleaner
 Sandbags
 Plywood
 Plastic sheet/drop cloth
 Tarps to cover roof
 Portable a/c unit
 BBQ grill
 Extra filled propane tanks
 Utility knife
 Fire extinguisher: small canister ABC type
 Compass
 Signal flare
 Shut-off wrench to turn off household gas and water
 Whistle

Miscellaneous:

 Paper, pencil
 Needles, thread
 Camping utensils
 Map of the area (for locating shelters) and returning to the area
 Emergency preparedness manual
 Citronella candles  Cash or traveler’s checks (Tip: Have enough cash to sustain you through a 2 week period. Without electricity, most businesses (if open) will not accept credit cards and may not accept traveler’s checks.)

House Checklist:

 Remove or secure outdoor items
 Trim dead branches from trees
 Board up windows
 Fill gas tanks and extra gas containers  Move furniture away from windows
 Store important documents in waterproof containers
 Get extra cash

Possessions and Documents:

 Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container:
 Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
 Passports, social security cards, immunization records
 Bank account numbers
 Credit card account numbers and companies  Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers
 Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)
 Pet records (including immunization records)

Make an Emergency Car Kit:
In case you need to leave quickly during a hurricane, always keep an emergency kit in your car, too. Make sure you include:
 Non-perishable food
 Flares
 Jumper cables (sometimes called booster cables)
 Maps
 Tools, like a roadside emergency kit  A first aid kit and instructions
 A fire extinguisher
 Sleeping bags
 Flashlight and extra batteries
 GPS device or smartphone

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