Whether you live near the coast in an evacuation zone, or many miles inland in southern Georgia, it’s a good idea to prepare a hurricane survival kit well before a storm threatens.
If you are in the path of a hurricane: The following list includes basic items to get you and your family though the first 48 to 96 hours after the storm passes.
If you have to evacuate: Most of the items in this kit can easily travel with you. Remember to locate the hurricane survival kit where it is easily found in case of evacuation.
Suggested kit supplies include, but are not limited, to:
- First Aid Kit
- Crank- or battery-operated radio
- NOAA Weather Radio with an alert feature
- Portable digital television or digital antenna
- Prescription medications
- A set of blankets and pillows for each person
- Weatherproof matches
- Plastic trash bags
- One gallon of water per person per day (enough for at least three days)
- Basic tool kit including hammer, nails, screwdriver, shovel and saw
- Chlorine bleach
- Disinfectant cleaning wipes
- Personal hygiene products
- Toilet paper
- Baby supplies (wipes, diapers, formula, etc.)
- Insect repellent
- Manual can opener
- Paper or plastic cups, plates and eating utensils
- Non-perishable packaged food (enough for at least three days)
- Cooking tools, charcoal and lighter fluid
- Extra clothing, including jackets and boots
- Fully charged cell phone with portable chargers
- Non-electric toys and games
- Books, magazines and newspapers
- Copies of important documents
- Approved gasoline containers for fuel storage
Note: If you plan to use supplies from last year’s kit, be sure to refresh and replace certain items. Discard foods and batteries that have exceeded their expiration dates and test any kit items to be sure they work properly.