When a hurricane hits, you need to be prepared with the essential backup supplies.
Your power is likely to go out, and even with the help of a generator, you want to make sure you are ready for the worst-case scenario.
Below is a list of things you should keep stocked in your Hurricane Supply Kit. Many of them are also recommended by the United States government and Red Cross.
Water — it should go without saying that hydration is of the utmost importance, especially when your air conditioning may be out. At a MINIMUM you should plan on one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days.
Food — plan to keep yourself sustained with at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.
First aid kit — prepare yourself for any basic medical needs with a small first aid kit.
Flashlight with extra batteries — when power is out you’ll want to see where you’re going without having to use your phone flashlight power.
Battery-powered or hand crank radio — this allows you to hear the local news and other important weather information.
NOAA Weather Radio — stay up-to-date with all of the storm information with a weather radio.
Medication — at least a 7-day supply of medication will help you get through a hurricane when you’re not able to leave the area.
Cell phone with charger — keep your phone charged, and look for ways to minimize power use. You may want to look into a solar charger, or an emergency cell phone that runs on AA batteries.
Wrench or pliers — you can turn off utilities with these tools if you need to.
Manual can opener — enables you to access non-perishable canned food.
Candles and matches — you want to make sure you have the ability to still light your rooms when power is out.
Extra batteries — keep extra batteries around in case you are running low on power with one of your devices.
Portable generator — if your power goes out it's extremely helpful to have a portable generator around to keep your electrical essentials running.
These items can help sustain you in the midst of a storm so you can be prepared, not scared.