Making Your Hurricane Diaster Kit
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Sheets for Mississippi
By the Start of Hurricane Season you should start to
Assemble your Disaster Supply Kit.
NOAA & the US Government have their Basic Disaster Kit.
Below are some extra items which were left off,
but probably should be added!!!
At least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
If buying individual 12oz bottles, remember it will take 6 bottles, per person per day.
(i.e. A case of water (24 Bottles), that would give 4 people enough water for 1 day, or 1 person enough water for 4 days.)
At least enough for 3 to 7 days
non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
foods for infants or the elderly
snack foods and sugar coated cereal - (Don't forget the Palmlot Milk)
non-electric can opener
cooking tools / cooking fuel (sterno, camp stove propane)
paper plates / plastic utensils
Blankets / Pillows, etc.
Sleeping Bag is a good alternative for bedding.
Air bed or mattress really comes in handy!
(Make sure to get a hand pump, as there may not be any power for an electric pump for some time.)
Clothing - seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
(Enough to last you 7 days)
Long sleeve shirt & Long Pants
(* Will help to have these, as we all found out after Katrina. We were invaded by mosquitoes, and those flying gnats with teeth!!!)
Knee high socks or Tube Socks
Underwear Men, Women and Children
(* After Katrina, Ladies, this was a "BIG NO FIND!" item at many of the relief centers and distribution points.)
Sturdy Rubber Boots
Hat or some sort of head protection from sun as well as other falling foreign objects
First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
Tynol, Ibuprofen or Aspirin
Anti-Itch Crθme - (Great for insect bites!)
Triple Antibiotic Crθme
Special Items - for babies and the elderly
Denture Crθme & Cleaning Tablets
Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
Toilet Paper - Some cities will bring in port-potties. Toilet paper must be a HOT item! So stock up!
Hand Sanitizer & Paper Towels
Towels and Wash Cloths (For those rainy days, at least one set per person.)
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Extra Water for rinsing (1 - 12oz. bottle per person per day)
Feminine hygiene products
Flashlight / Batteries
DO NOT get NI-Cad Rechargeable Batteries, as there may not be any power to recharge them for some time.
Make sure you have enough batteries for both your flashlights as well as radios
(Try to get lithium or alkaline batteries as they last longer.)
AM/FM Radio (Battery Operated or Hand Cranked)
NOAA Weather Radio (Battery Operated or Hand Cranked)
Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
Portable computer or laptop
Magic Jack or Skype -Internet Phone Service providers.
(Check for Wi-Fi for usage, usually found at Relief Centers in the area.)
Cell phone that allows for Internet connection or text messaging
Roll of Duct Tape
Bug Repellant (both aerosol and rub on kinds)
Sun Blocker & Lip Balm
Watch or Battery operated Clock
Pens, Pencils and Paper or Notepads
Breath Freshener ( liquid or gum)
Portable grill/Charcoal/Starter fluid
Portable Generator or Car Generator (can be found at most Walmarts, or Lowes)
One Gallon of Bleach (In an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water.
Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.)
Utility or Carpet knife.
Rubber gloves & Dust Masks
Smokes, Dips, or Chewing Tobacco
Mostly Small bills $1, $5, $10, & $20 NO LARGE BILLS!
Banks and ATM's may not be available for extended periods, but you may be able to travel inland, and find an open ATM.
Kinda of trivial as most doors fall into one of three categories:
* Blown away, along with the house!
* Kicked in, by rescue workers looking for persons.
* Swollen shut by the storm surge, in which case the rescue workers broke the windows out!
Toys, Books and Games
Deck of playing cards
Laptop Computer (Microsoft gives you a few games, but you can always buy or download more before the storm).
Also with the advent of today's laptops, you can also watch DVD's on your laptop,
(But I don't advise this as most laptop batteries last at most 45 minutes to 2 hours. DVD's eat a lot of battery time!)
BUT!!!! If you have a car adapter for your laptop, well then your in luck!
In a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag.
Home & flood insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Voter registration card, Social Security card, etc.
Keep a set with you during the storm.
Adding an Axe or Hatchet will come in handy and may end up saving your life!.
A Pry bar also is a handy item, for your tool kit.
Be Sure the tank is FULL!!! (Both before you leave and before you return home.)
An in car generator is a good idea, I got one before Katrina hit, and it was a life saver. You can get them in different wattages, depending on your needs.
(Available at Walmarts & Lowe's.)
Make sure you have car insurance & it's up-to-date. Also take you tag & title receipts, as they show ownership of vehicle.
(Not to mention that it's also proof that you lived in the disaster area. )
Couple of cans of Fix O'Flat or a Tire Plug Kit can come in very helpful
Portable Air Pump for automobiles, some have 12volt DC plugs. (Available at Walmarts & Auto Parts Stores.)
Set of jumper cables
Extra Gasoline and Oil
Pet Care Items
proper identification / immunization records / medications
ample supply of food and water (Buy a 10 lb bag and toss it in the trunk.)
Water and Food Bowls
a carrier or cage
muzzle and leash,
A Collar with ID tag and Rabies tag affixed
Favorite play toys
A Tie-out and 15' lead are also helpful to have.