Recommendations from the American Red Cross

When storms are forecast, you can better prepare yourself and your family with a little planning.

Start with these six tips for making ready:

1 Have enough disaster supplies for 2 weeks ready

2 Keep items in airtight plastic bags

3 Replace stored food and water every six months

4 Rethink your kit and family needs at least once a year (Replace batteries, update clothes, etc.)

5 Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications

6 Prep your disaster supply kit!

A complete set of supplies contains a variety of helpful items for every disaster. Fill your kit using this list, compiled from suggestions by the American Red Cross and Center for Disease Control.

Your disaster supply kit

  • Emergency food & drinking water
  • At least one change of clothes for every person
  • Baby food, diapers & formula (if needed)
  • Bar or liquid soap*
  • Batteries
  • Bleach (without lemon or additives)
  • Books, magazines, cards & games
  • Butane lighters
  • Cash & credit cards
  • Camera
  • Car keys
  • Clock (non-electric)
  • Cloth face coverings*
  • Cooler (with ice)
  • Disinfecting wipes*
  • Duct & masking tape
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First-aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Grill or camp stove
  • Hand sanitizer*
  • Lantern with extra fuel (after storm has passed)
  • Manual can opener
  • Medicines, glasses or contact lens supplies
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Personal identification
  • Pet food
  • Phone numbers of places you could go
  • Plastic trash bags
  • Radio (battery-operated) or TV
  • Sleeping bags, pillows & blankets
  • Shampoo
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Toilet paper & towelettes
  • Tool kit including hammer, crowbar, nails, saw, gloves, etc.
  • Water purification tablets (available at drug stores)

* Recommended by the CDC to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus and other germs

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