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Hurricane Preparedness Week: Assembling your disaster supplies kit

Posted at 6:07 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 18:07:42-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Tuesday's topic for hurricane preparedness week is assembling a disaster supply kit.

Just having enough supplies to make it through a hurricane isn't enough. You need plenty to make it through what could be a long recovery period, too.

Water and electricity could be out for a week or more.

Because of that, you should have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family for a minimum of one week.

Also, make sure you have extra cash, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, and a portable crank or solar powered USB charger to charge your cell phone.

A new addition to the supply kit this year: The CDC recommends if you need to go to a public shelter, bring at least two cloth face coverings for each person and, if possible, hand sanitizer.

Even if you already have a kit prepared from previous years, it's always good to check and maintain in case any items have expired or your family needs have changed.

Hurricane season starts June 1.