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What items are important to have to ride out the storm



    Hurricane Preparedness List
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    Jim Abel shops for hurricane supplies at Home Depot as he prepares for the possible arrival of Hurricane Irene on August 22, 2011 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Irene is the first Hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic season with winds at 80mph currently and may hit the East coast later this week with higher winds projected.

    It’s never too early to start planning ahead, especially with Hurricane Season in full swing. The Office of Emergency Management of Miami-Dade recommends residents buy certain items ahead of storms to be fully prepared.

    The OEM recommends residents have three to 14 days of supplies of the items.

    The Basics
    • Drinking water (1 gallon per person per day)
    • Manual can opener
    • Nonperishable foods*
    • Canned meat, fish, fruit,or vegetables
    • Bread in moisture proof packaging
    • Cookies, candy or dried fruit
    • Canned soups & nonperishable milk
    • Powdered or single serve drinks
    • Cereal or granola bars
    • Packaged ketchup, mustard or mayonnaise
    • Peanut butter and jelly
    • Instant tea or coffee
    • Flashlight (1 per person) *
    • Portable battery powered lanterns
    • Large trash bags (lots of them)
    • Battery operated radio *
    • Extra batteries, including hearing aid batteries
    • First aid kit including aspirin, antibiotic cream
    • Mosquito repellent
    • Sunscreen (45 SPF recommended)
    • Waterproof matches / butane lighter
    • Money *
    • Unscented bleach or water purification tablets (add 8 drops of bleach per gal.)
    • Maps of the area with landmarks on it


    • Sterno fuel
    • Portable camp stove or grill w/ utensils
    • Stove fuel, charcoal w/ lighter fluid or propane
    • Disposable eating utensils, plates, cups
    • Napkins and paper towels
    • Aluminum foil
    • Oven mitts
    Personal Supplies
    • Prescription medicines (1 month supply and copy of prescriptions) *
    • Feminine hygiene products
    • Toilet paper
    • Entertainment: books, games, toys and magazines *
    • Bedding: pillows, sleeping bag *
    • Change of clothing *
    • Rain ponchos and work gloves
    • Extra eye glasses or contacts

    Important Documents*

    State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory

    • Insurance documents
    • A list of all your important contacts (family, doctors, insurance agents)
    • Banking information
    • Leases / mortgage
    • Proof of occupancy (such as utility bill) *
    • Photo inventory of your personal belongings *
    • Waterproof container to keep the documents in


    • Disposable diapers *
    • Formula, food and medication *
    • Bottles and feeding utensils
    Pet Supplies
    • Dry and/or canned food
    • Manual can opener
    • Bowls for food and water to attach to the cage/carrier
    • ID tags and collars
    • Proof of recent immunizations
    • Water (1/2 gallon per day)
    • Litter box and supplies
    • Litter scooper
    • Carrying container
    • Plastic poop bags
    Other Necessities
    • Tool box
    • ABC rated fire extinguisher
    • Masking tape or duct tape
    • Outdoor extension cords
    • Spray paint
    • Standard single line phone (that does not require electricity)
    • Local phone book
    • Roofing tarps or plastic sheeting

    * If you are planning to evacuate to a Red Cross Evacuation Center, please be sure to take these items