Have a 3-7 day supply of each item for every person in your home.

Water

  • 1 gallon of water per person per day (additional water for bathing, etc.)
  • Store water in clean plastic containers

Food

  • Purchase foods that require no refrigeration and little preparation, such as:
  • Ready-to-eat canned food
  • Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water)
  • Snacks: cookies, cereals, etc.
  • Soft drinks, instant coffee, tea
  • Lots of ice (you can freeze your water supply)

For Baby

  • Formula, bottles, powdered milk, jarred baby foods
  • Diapers, moist towelettes and special medications

Pets

  • Newspapers or cat litter
  • Moist canned foods (to preserve water)
  • Plastic sheets to cover floor of pet's room

Medicine

  • First aid kit
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Aspirin, non-aspirin pain reliever, antacid
  • Extra prescription medication (especially for heart problems and diabetes)
  • Ask your physician how to store prescription medication
  • Personal Items
  • Toilet paper, towels, soap, shampoo
  • Personal and feminine hygiene products
  • Denture needs, contact lenses and an extra pair of eyeglasses
  • Sun protection, insect repellent

Other supplies

  • Battery-operated radio, flashlights, non-electric can opener, extra batteries
  • Charcoal, waterproof matches, extra propane gas for grills (Use grills outside only!)
  • ABC-rated fire extinguisher in a small canister
  • Portable cooler
  • Plenty of absorbent towels, plastic trash bags
  • Wind-up or battery-operated clock
  • Tarp or sheet plastic, duct tape, hammer and nails for temporary roof repairs
  • Cleaning supplies such as chlorine bleach
  • Aluminum foil, paper napkins and plates, plastic cups
  • Can of spray paint (can be used to identify your home by insurance adjusters in case it's damaged)
  • At least one change of clothing per person, sturdy shoes, hat and work gloves
  • Pillows and blankets or sleeping bags

Download/print The Weather Authority's hurricane supply checklist.

For more information on hurricane supply kids, visit: American Red Cross | Ready America