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
Hurricane Supply Kit:
Flashlights & extra bulbs
Cell phone with charger
Batteries (in different sizes)
Matches (in a waterproof container)
First aid kit
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
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)
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
First aid kit
Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
Anti-diarrhea medication Antacid (for stomach upset)
Toilet paper, towelettes, soap, baby wipes, liquid hand sanitzer
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
Blankets or sleeping bags Pillows
Hat and gloves
Baby & Infant Needs:
Special foods (enough for several days)
Formula (enough for several days)
Medicines (get a copy of prescription)
Diaper Rash Ointment
Baby Wipes Powder
Cards Extra batteries for games
Coloring books, crayons
Tools and Supplies:
Masking and/or duct tape
Ax or chain saw
Nails and screws
Shovel, rake All purpose cleaner
Plastic sheet/drop cloth
Tarps to cover roof
Portable a/c unit
Extra filled propane tanks
Fire extinguisher: small canister ABC type
Shut-off wrench to turn off household gas and water
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.)
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:
Jumper cables (sometimes called booster cables)
Tools, like a roadside emergency kit A first aid kit and instructions
A fire extinguisher
Flashlight and extra batteries
GPS device or smartphone