The 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins June 1, which is now less than 100 days away. It’s too early to provide a detailed prediction of how this year will play out, but there are indications that we will see another active season. With post pandemic global supply chain issues impacting many if the items we use daily, we recommend you start gathering items for your kit as early as possible. Having a properly stocked hurricane preparedness kit is one of the best ways to help your family stay safe if a storm hits. Consider the following tips when creating your kit:
You cannot live very long without food and water, and if a hurricane damages infrastructure, it will be nearly impossible to go to the store to buy more and running water may not be available. That is why it is crucial to stock your kit with enough food and water to get through a few days.
The Ready campaign recommends storing one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days. This water can be used for drinking and sanitation. You should also keep a three-day supply of non-perishable food on hand, such as:
You may not have access to your medications for several days. That is why it is crucial to store prescription and over-the-counter medicines in your kit. You should also include:
If you have room, stock your kit with extra clothing for all family members. Rain gear and sturdy shoes are especially important, as you may face challenging weather conditions during and after a hurricane.
If you plan to evacuate, make sure your vehicle has a full tank of gas. Lines will probably be long at gas stations as thousands of people are trying to leave at the same time and you do not want to end up stranded on the highway if you run out of fuel. You should also bring along:
Do not forget about your children and pets. Bring along bottles, formula and diapers for infants. Keep older kids entertained with items that do not require power, such as books and board games. If you have pets, it is recommended you bring:
Ideally, you should have three emergency kits – for home, work and your vehicle. This can help you be prepared for a hurricane no matter where you are. Here are some storage guidelines:
Having a well-stocked emergency kit can help provide peace of mind if a hurricane hits. It is an easy way to protect your family – whether you decide to evacuate or stay in your home – and can help you survive the days and weeks after a storm makes landfall.