Be Prepared: Hurricane Shopping List
Helpful hints and a simple shopping list of supplies you should have on hand when a hurricane is expected in your area.
This is obvious, but keep in mind that you should have at least a three-day supply on non-perishable good on hand. Remember any special dietary needs and choose foods your family will actually eat. Try to stay away from foods that make you thirsty, as water may be need to be rationed.
Stock up on canned foods, dry mixes and other staples that don’t require refrigeration. Your best bets are going to be salt-free crackers, whole grain cereal and canned vegetables and soups. Remember to include a manual can opener and eating utensils.
It’s very important to have enough sterile water per person in emergency situations, especially if you live in a warm weather climate area. You should have at least one gallon of water per person per day, for at least three days. This amount may increase due to age, physical condition, activity, diet and climate. In very hot temperature, water needs can double.
For drinking and sanitation, allow at least one gallon per person per day. Take into consideration that young children, nursing mothers, sick people and medical emergencies may require more water.
To ensure the safest and most reliable emergency water supply, it’s best to purchase commercially bottled water. Keep water in its original container (avoid glass) and do not open until you’re going to use it. Store in a cool, dark place.
For more hurricane preparedness information and a complete list of supplies for an emergency kit, visit FEMA’s website Ready.gov or RedCross.org.