5 Things That NEED To Make It On To Your Hurricane Survival Checklist

National Hurricane Center

You know the drill: you flip on the news and BAM, all of the sudden there is a hurricane swirling in the ocean right by your hometown, and you think it’s not going to hit. We don’t blame you—several times we tend to go out and buy batteries and water and cans of tuna, to the surprise that, of course, the hurricane just isn’t going to hit. False alarm.

However, it’s still very important to make sure we’re well-prepared. This is especially important for individuals who have just moved to an area like Florida, where these storms are rampant, from a place like the North or the Midwest, where they don’t have to worry about them. It’s also important for those used to hurricanes to not consider it a false alarm, since hurricanes can shift direction and gain strength quickly.

Here are five things you need to make sure you have on your hurricane survival checklist. You can thank us later.

Oh, and also, don’t wait until the last minute. Water and other necessities tend to fly off the shelves when we’re forced into a state of emergency.

1. Water

The recommended amount of water to stock up on is one gallon per person, per day. Make sure they are in unbreakable containers, like plastic bottles. Steer clear of glass.

2. Non-Perishable Food

You’ll need at least 3-7 days of food for each family member. Small, single serving cans of food that don’t need cooking or refrigeration are needed, as well as dried fruit, peanut butter and jelly, coffee, tea, and pet foods. Canned meats, fruits, and vegetables, canned juices and soup, sugar, salt, and high energy foods like crackers, granola bars, and trail mix. You can also stock up on fresh bread, vitamins, baby food, ice, and Pedialyte in the event of dehydration.

3. Baby Needs

If you have a baby at home, make sure to stock up on staples like formula, diapers, medicines, blankets, diaper rash ointment, baby wipes, powder, bottles, and a medicine dropper.

4. Sanitation Products

Toilet paper, towelettes, soap, baby wipes, feminine supplies, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, plastic garbage bags, and household cleaning supplies.

5. Prescription Drugs and Medicine

Make sure to have all of your prescription drugs or any OTC medicine you might need, like cold and flu medicine, pain medication such as aspirin, and cough drops.

For more information on what to pack in case of a hurricane emergency, please visit the U.S. Coast Guard's Hurricane Supply List.

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