Hurricane season starts June 1st so it's important to stock up on all the essential items necessary to stay safe during a storm.
The last three years have seen four hurricanes make landfall in Florida and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting an "above-normal" 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, with 13-20 named storms expected.
Because of the unexpected nature of these storms, Floridians are encouraged to have at least seven days worth of supplies on hand.
Before hurricane season begins, it is important to gather the following supplies and store them in your home. Be sure to include items that will be necessary during a pandemic.
Should you need to go to an evacuation center, pack as many items as possible into an easy-to carry waterproof container such as a backpack or duffle bag, but keep in mind the 20-square-foot space limitation. Here are some key items to pack:
- At least one gallon of water per day, per person for three to seven days
- Non-perishable snacks and packaged or canned food for at least three to seven days
- Manual can opener
- Change of clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes
- Bedding for a small space
- Prescription medications
- Personal hygiene items
- Special items such as food for infants, elderly or disabled family members
- Garbage bags
- First-aid kit
- Fully charged portable electronic devices with charger
- Quiet games, toys or reading materials
- Eyeglasses, contact lenses, hearing aid with extra batteries
- Pet care items, including food and water
- Flashlight, battery-powered radio and batteries
- Extra set of car keys
- Important documents in a waterproof container or bag
- Face coverings for every member of your household
- Hand sanitizer
It is also important to have a list of key phone numbers and links to ensure you and your family remain safe before, during, and after a storm.