It's recommended that you have these items on hand before the storm hits:
Cash - Without power, banks and ATM's will be closed
Drinking water - at least one gallon per person per day for two weeks
Medications for at least four weeks
First aid kit including bandages, antiseptic, tape, compresses, etc.
Nonperishable foods - at least two weeks supply
Flashlights and batteries for each member of the family
Portable radio and at least seven sets of batteries
Coolers - at least 2 large coolers - one for food and the other to keep ice
Charcoal and ice - these are in short supply before and after storms
Plastic tarp for roof or window repair, screening, garbage bags, tools and nails
Water purification kit (tablets, chlorine, iodine)
Infant necessities (medicine, sterile water, diapers, ready formula, bottles).
Clean-up supplies (mop, buckets, towels, disinfectant)
Camera and film
Non-electric can opener
Extra batteries for camera, flashlights, radio, portable TV, lamps, etc.
Plastic trash bags
Toilet paper, paper towels, and pre-moistened towelettes
If you purchase any items after a storm, get a receipt. Insurance may cover costs of emergency food and ice.
If you are evacuating
You may have to stay in a shelter for a while. The Red Cross does not allow alcoholic beverages, weapons or pets in shelters. Here are suggested items to bring to the shelter:
- Pillows, blankets, sleeping bags and air mattresses
- Extra clothing, shoes, eye glasses, etc.
- Lightweight folding chairs and cots
- Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, contact solution, etc.)
- Quiet games, books, playing cards, and favorite toys for children
- Important papers including drivers license, special medical information, insurance policies, and property inventories
Generator Safety Tips
- READ AND FOLLOW the manufacturer's guidelines listed in your owner's manual for correct operating procedures and power output capabilities. DO NOT TRY to run more appliances than your generator can handle. Assess which appliances are most critical to your needs.
- DO NOT CONNECT your generator directly to your home's wiring.
- NEVER run a generator inside your home or in your garage. ALWAYS run your generator in a well ventilated area away from your home.
- ALWAYS use heavy duty, indoor/outdoor rated extension cords to connect the generator.
- DO NOT attempt to refuel your generator while it is running. Turn off all electrical appliances connected to the generator, then turn off the generator. Let the generator cool down before you attempt to refuel it.