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
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: