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What to Include in a Hurricane Safety Kit

Updated on July 28, 2015

Hurricanes are one of the deadliest types of storms known on Earth. They are nothing to be fooled around with. Residents living in the path of a hurricane should prepare to evacuate their homes immediately. With that, building a survival kit will be needed for their families.

Water

Clean water is a must for drinking. Depending on the number of people who will be leaving with you, you should include one gallon of water per person. That amount of water should be good for drinking in the next three to seven days. Bottled water is fine as well.

Take some fresh water with you as you evacuate from a hurricane.
Take some fresh water with you as you evacuate from a hurricane.

Food

Food is another necessity. You can include fresh packaged/canned goods, juices that are not perished, and powder milk. Cereals and bags of snack foods are essential as well, so are paper plates, cups, and a can opener. Include plastic utensils to eat your food with.

You can find boxes of canned goods or packaged foods at grocery stores.
You can find boxes of canned goods or packaged foods at grocery stores.

Clothing and blankets

Bring the amount of clean clothing you and your family need for the evacuation. If you have raincoats, bring them along, too. Blankets, pillows, or sleeping bags should also come in handy.

First aid kits

In case of injuries from the hurricane at anytime, include a first aid kit. The kit should include things like bandages, ointments, and gauze. To purchase a first aid kit, check with your local pharmacy.

A first aid kit.
A first aid kit.

Radio and flashlight

A radio is important so you can hear the latest updates about the hurricane. A weather radio works best, because it can provide continuous forecasts for your location. The radio needs to be battery operated, which should work very well with a fresh pack of batteries. As for a flashlight, make sure you have one that is in good condition, and is equipped with fresh batteries.

Keep a radio handy to listen to hurricane updates.
Keep a radio handy to listen to hurricane updates.

Cell phone

Include a cell phone to make emergency calls. The phone should be in a good condition and fully charged. If necessary, purchase an extra pack of batteries for the phone.

Have a cell phone in case of an emergency during a hurricane event.
Have a cell phone in case of an emergency during a hurricane event.

Hurricane Safety Tips

Books, games, and other fun things

Especially if you have children, you will need to include some games to make time pass. Take along your books to read. Several board or card games are ideal for your family to play. Your children may wish to bring their favorite stuffed animals, but they should not pack too much.

You can bring along board games to keep you entertained, such as Scrabble or Monopoly.
You can bring along board games to keep you entertained, such as Scrabble or Monopoly.

If you notice a hurricane is about to approach your residence, and hurricane watches are being issued, get prepared now! There's no telling what's going to happen if you stay home. Once you create your survival kit and protect your home before the hurricane hits, you will be promoting safety for you and your family.


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