• Shopping List


    Buy supplies early. Don’t wait until a storm threatens. Lines will be long and supplies short. Note: The state will NOT have a hurricane tax holiday this year.

    Hurricane Kit:

    Assemble this now. Put aside in a special box. Keep heat-sensitive items inside home and rotate stock throughout season:

    •  Flashlights and extra bulbs
    • Clock (wind-up or battery-operated)
    • Battery-operated radio
    • Extra batteries (can be stored in refrigerator)
    • Toilet paper
    • Matches (camping stores have waterproof matches)
    • Scissors
    • Plastic garbage bags
    • Working fire extinguisher
    • Clean change of clothes, rain gear, sturdy swamp boots
    • Fully charged battery-operated lanterns. Don’t use candles and kerosene lanterns. They are fire hazards.
    • Map of the area
    • List of phone numbers
    • Copy of insurance policy


    Food Supplies:


    Get enough nonperishable foods now to last two weeks. Then put them in a box and leave them alone. Note: Canned and other prepared foods that are salty or dry or high in fat or protein might make for good provisions, but they’ll also make you thirsty.

    • Water: Enough for 1 gallon of drinking water per person/per day, for one-week minimum. Water for two weeks is ideal. (Also, figure another 1 gallon per person/per day of water for washing hands, flushing toilets and for pets.)
    • Ice or dry ice
    • Shelf-stable milk and juice boxes
    • Canned and powdered milk
    • Beverages (powdered or canned, fruit juices, instant coffee, tea)
    • Raw vegetables that don’t need refrigeration (will last only a few days)
    • Canned vegetables and fruits
    • Dried fruits
    • Prepared foods (canned soups, beef, spaghetti, tuna, chicken, ham, corned beef hash, packaged pudding)
    • Snacks (crackers, cookies, hard candy, unsalted nuts)
    • Snack spreads (peanut butter,cheese spreads, jelly)
    • Cereals
    • Sugar, salt, pepper
    • Bread
    • Dry and canned pet food 




    • Hand tools: hammer, screwdrivers to use now, shovel and pickax for after the storm
    • Power screwdriver
    • Quarter-inch machine screw sockets and screws
    • Plastic sheeting to cover furniture
    • Rope
    • Sturdy working gloves
    • Duct tape to waterproof items; masking tape isn’t strong enough
    • Canvas tarps
    • Sturdy nails 


    First-Aid Kit


    Drugstores will be mobbed just before a storm and closed for days after. Keep a two-week supply of prescription drugs. Your first-aid kit should include:

    • Medical supplies
    • First-aid handbook
    • Insect repellent sprays
    • Citronella candles, insect bite lotion
    • Petroleum jelly, for relieving itching
    • Ointments for burns, cuts
    • Antiseptic solution
    • Sunscreen
    • Extra over-the-counter medicine (for colds, allergies, cough)
    • Aspirin, acetaminophen, antacid
    • Children’s medicines
    • Diarrhea medication
    • Feminine hygiene items
    • Incontinence supplies
    • Rubbing alcohol
    • Iodine
    • Disinfectant
    • Wet wipes
    • Moist towelette packets
    • Medic Alert tags
    • Thermometer
    • Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
    • Cotton-tipped swabs
    • Sterile rolls
    • Adhesive bandages
    • Sterile gauze pads
    • Roller bandages
    • Tweezers
    • Needles
    • Adhesive tape
    • Safety pins
    • Latex gloves 


    Kitchen Supplies


    • Waterless hand sanitizer
    • Manual can opener
    • Water purification tablets
    • Bottle opener
    • Matches in a plastic bag
    • Pocket knife
    • Camp stove or other cooking device and plentyof fuel. (Use only canned fuel indoors — never charcoal or gas. Buy extragas or charcoal to use in well-ventilated space after storm has passed.)
    • Ice chests or coolers
    • Paper plates, napkins
    • Plastic cups, utensils
    • Disposable pans for cooking
    • Plastic bags, jugs or containers for water and ice 


    Baby Needs


    • Disposable diapers
    • Baby wipes
    • Diaper-rash ointment
    • Baby medicines
    • Medicine dropper
    • Extra formula, baby food 


    Emergency Toilet


    • Garbage can with tight lid
    • Plastic bags for liners
    • Disinfectant or bleach
    • Deodorizer
    • Extra toilet paper

    Next Up: