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How to Prepare for a Hurricane: 40 Items for Your Hurricane Emergency Kit From the American Red Cross

It's hurricane season, and the American Red Cross encourages everyone to get prepared for hurricanes early by making a plan for if you need to leave your home quickly to get to safe place. 

  • Make a plan: Make plans for transportation for if you’d need to leave your home; check with friends or relatives in other locations if you’d be able to stay with them and ask if they’ve had symptoms of COVID-19 or been positively diagnosed. Be sure to also plan for your pets.
  • Build a kit: Assemble two kits of emergency supplies and a one-month supply of prescription medication.
  • Stay informed. Follow local media and weather authorities for updates, alerts and more information on the storm system and public safety through local media, radio or social media channels.

Your Emergency Kit

Build an emergency kit that contains supplies for about three days, to include a gallon of water per person per day, non-perishable food, a flashlight and extra batteries, a first aid kit, medications, medical supplies and copies of important documents. Remember items for young children such as diapers and household members with medical needs.

Here are some things you can include in your hurricane emergency kit:

  1. Water: 1 gallon per person, per day (three-day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for home)
  2. Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (three-day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for home)
  3. Flashlight
  4. Battery-powered radio or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  5. Extra batteries
  6. First aid kit
  7. Medications (seven-day supply) and medical items
  8. Multi-purpose tool
  9. Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  10. Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  11. Current digital photos of loved ones, updated every six months, especially for children
  12. Cellphone 
  13. Cell phone chargers
  14. Family and emergency contact information
  15. Extra cash
  16. Emergency blanket
  17. Map(s) of the area
  18. Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra hearing aid batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
  19. Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  20. Games and activities for children
  21. Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  22. Two-way radios
  23. Extra set of car keys and house keys
  24. Manual can opener
  25. Whistle
  26. N95 masks or surgical masks
  27. Matches
  28. Rain gear
  29. Towels
  30. Work gloves
  31. Tools/supplies for securing your home
  32. Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  33. Plastic sheeting
  34. Duct tape
  35. Scissors
  36. Household liquid bleach
  37. Entertainment items
  38. Blankets or sleeping bags
  39. Sunscreen
  40. Insect repellent

If You Are in an Area Where Authorities Advise or Order You to Evacuate: Take Action Immediately to Evacuate! 

Leave immediately. Bring your emergency kit with you. Follow posted evacuation routes and do not try to take shortcuts because they may be blocked. Stick to designated evacuation routes. For localized information:

  • Evacuation routes: Check with your state’s Department of Transportation or Office of Emergency Management website to find routes near you.
  • Emergency shelter location: Find shelters by visiting RedCross.org or by downloading the free Red Cross Emergency App.

If You Are in an Area Without an Evacuation Notice:

  • If you are in an area that is flooding (on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river or on an island waterway), move to a location on higher ground before floodwaters reach you.
  • Don't walk, swim or drive through floodwater. Just 6 inches of fast-flowing water can knock you over and two feet will float a car. Remember: Turn Around! Don’t Drown!
  • If caught on a flooded road with rapidly rising waters, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.
  • Stay indoors and away from windows and glass doors. If you are in a temporary structure, safely move to a sturdy building and go to a windowless room on the lowest level that is not likely to flood.
  • Never use a generator, gasoline-powered equipment and tools, grill, camp stove or charcoal burning device inside or in any partially enclosed area. Keep these devices outside and at least 20 feet from doors, windows and vents.

The information on 30Seconds.com is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. The information provided through this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, and is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your personal healthcare provider.

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Donna John
So important! I've lived in the Houston area my whole life, and have been through many, many hurricanes, including Harvey. Be prepared! Great list. Very comprehensive. You can never have too much in your emergency kit.
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
What a great. comprehensive resource for planning for this emergency! So appreciate the American Red Cross for all they do and share. Stay safe, Donna John, Holly Budde and Meredith Schneider , and all my friends and family in the paths of potential hurricanes.

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