What Is A Hurricane Preparedness Kit?Modern meteorological technology tracks the development of hurricanes days, sometimes weeks in advance, allowing citizens of impacted areas time to prepare. However, panicked rushes at the store and supply shortages may impede your preparations if left too late. Your family's planning should take place before hurricane season begins. Building a Hurricane Survival Kit with emergency supplies and rations will provide a dedicated source of essentials.
Most likely, you will either shelter-in-place or evacuate in the event of a storm; thus, a Hurricane Preparedness Kit should be stored in both the home and vehicle. Each kit will contain slightly different items and should be customized to fit your family's specific needs.
Hurricane Kits for the HomeHome Hurricane Survival Kits should contain enough supplies to support each member in your family as they shelter-in-place for at least 72-hours, preferably up to 10 days. Non-perishable emergency food and water with extended shelf-lives should comprise the base of your kit (See QK 2400 Calorie Emergency Food Bars). Sufficiently stocked kits will also contain items within the following categories:
- Emergency Shelter: thermal mylar blankets, sleeping bags, portable tents, tarps and plastic sheeting
- Hygiene Supplies: waterless shampoo and toothpaste, comb, toilet paper, tissue paper, wipes, hand sanitizer, portable toilets, disposable bags
- First Aid: family-sized first aid kit and extra prescription medications
- Lighting: hand-crank/solar-powered flashlights, extra batteries, candles
- Communication: Hand-crank/solar-powered radios with access to the NOAA weather-band emergency alert channels
- Tools: shovels and pry bars for performing search and rescue operations, gas/water shut-off wrench