Hurricane Checklist

Insurance is important, but you’ll still need to be prepared. Use this checklist to get ready.



Keep at least a three-day supply of water for each person and pet in your house and store water in plastic, unbreakable containers.


Store at least a three-day supply of nonperishable food (Select foods that require no refrigeration, cooking, and little or no water).

Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered store extra water)
Staples: sugar, salt, pepper
High-energy foods: peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix
Foods for infants, elderly persons or persons on special diets and don’t forget to stock up on food for your pets
Comfort/stress foods: cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, instant coffee


Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.

Sturdy shoes/work boots
Weather-appropriate clothing such as rain gear, hats and gloves, sunglasses
Blankets or sleeping bags

First Aid Kit

Stock up on the following first aid and injury treatment supplies:

At least a three-day supply of all prescriptions
Cleansing agent/soap
Non-prescription drugs such as aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever; anti-diarrhea medication, antacid
Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
Moistened towelettes
Latex gloves (2 pairs)
Sterile adhesive bandages, gauze pads, roller bandages and safety pins in assorted sizes (several of each)

Important Family Documents

Store the following documents in a waterproof, portable container:

Wills, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds, family records
Passports, immunization records, bank and credit card account numbers
Inventory of valuable household goods and important telephone numbers

Tools and Supplies

Keep a good stock of these additional necessities on hand as well:

Paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils
Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
Medicine dropper
Flashlights and extra batteries, whistle
Tube tent
Non-electric can opener, utility knife
Fire extinguisher: small canister, ABC type
Needles, thread
Matches in a waterproof container
Shut-off wrench to turn off household gas and water
Plastic garbage bags, sheeting, ties
Plastic bucket with tight lid
Aluminum foil
Household chlorine bleach
Plastic storage containers
Signal flare
Cash or travelers’ checks, change
Paper, pencil
Map of the area (for locating shelters)
Sanitation items such as toilet paper, soap, liquid detergent, feminine supplies, personal hygiene items

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