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Hurricane Preparedness Kit

Posted by August on Jun 22, 2023 12:40:00 PM

Living in an area that experiences hurricane season for six months out of the year, we need to be prepared. A great way to do a bit of pre-planning so that you're not panicking when a hurricane is on its way is to put together a Hurricane Preparedness Kit. 

I recently put together my hurricane preparedness kit using a list I received from the Myrtle Beach Fire Department. Below is the list of items the fire department suggests you have and a recent Financial Friday Community Panel on hurricane preparedness. On this panel, I was joined by Frank Johnson, WBTW News13 Chief Meteorologist, and Aaron Clay, Captain with the Myrtle Beach Fire Department.

Items Needed for a Hurricane Preparedness Kit:

1. Water Storage- 2 gallons per person for 3-7 days


2. Food- at least enough for 3-7 days, non-perishable packaged or canned foods/juices

3. Manual/non-electric can opener

4. Cooking Tools/ Fuel


5. Specific Foods/ Sanitation items for infants and elderly

6. Fire Extinguisher


7. Paper Plates/Plastic Utensils


8. Warm Blankets/Sleeping Bags, Pillows, etc.


9. Clothing- seasonal/ rain gear/ sturdy shoes

10. First Aid Kit/ Medicine/ Prescription Drugs


11. Hygiene Items, toilet paper, moist towelettes, garbage bags with plastic ties


12. Basic Tool Kit- wrench/pliers to turn off utilities


13. Vehicle fuel tanks filled

14. Flashlight with extra batteries


15. Radio- battery or crank operated & NOAA weather radio



16. Fully charged cell phone with charger, car charger, and/or solar charger


17. Important Documentation- proper identification, family emergency contacts, immunization and medical records, insurance policies, bank account numbers, social security cards, etc.


18. Video Documentation of all Valuables

19. Cash

20. Keys

21. Special Items- for babies and the elderly

22. Toys, Books, Games


23. Pet food and water for 3-7 days

24. Pet leash, carrier, and harness


25. Pet immunization records and ID


Hurricane Preparedness Financial Friday Community Panel:


Topics: Home, Life & School, Seasonal