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Hurricane Supply Ideas
There are certain supplies that everyone who lives in an area likely to be impacted by hurricanes needs to keep on hand at all times. Where you live and the type of home you have can impact the exact supplies that you need. Consider what your needs might be when deciding which of these supplies are items that you need to purchase.
Home Security: It's essential to take steps to secure your home from the possibility of wind and rain damage. It's a good idea to invest in hurricane supplies to help you prepare your property for the storm as well as to help with clean up and recovery once it has passed.
- Plywood (to board up windows and doors)
- Masking tape (to tape windows that won't be boarded)
- Rope (to secure lose outdoor items that can't be brought indoors)
- Chainsaw (gas powered)
- Generator (gas or diesel)
- Batteries (in every size you need for the tools and equipment you own)
- Battery operated radio and/or television
- First aid kit
- Hurricane lamps and lamp oil (use after the storm; avoid using while winds are high)
- Hurricane tracking chart
- Inverter (so you can charge your cell phone, laptop, etc. using your vehicle if necessary)
- Nonperishable food items
- Pet food
- Prescription and over-the-counter medications
- Weather radio (battery operated)
- Camp stove and fuel
- Charcoal grill, charcoal, and lighter fluid
- Ice chest
- Gas grill and full propane tanks
By no means is this an all inclusive list of the hurricane supplies you might need to ensure your family's comfort and safety is faced with a hurricane. This list is a good starting point, but it certainly doesn't cover every possibility. For additional hurricane preparedness tips see the National Hurricane Center's website, where you'll find information about creating a family plan, securing your home, putting together a disaster supply kit, and more.