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If you are planning to evacuate, be sure to take at least the items marked with an asterisk (*).
 
1) Food/Water*
 
2) Bottled water
(1 gallon per person per day) for 14 days*
 
3) Manual can opener*

 
4) Non-perishable foods*:

  • Canned meat, fish, fruit and vegetables
  • Bread in moisture-proof packaging
  • Cookies, candy, dried fruit
  • Canned soups & milk
  • Powdered or single serve drinks
  • Cereal bars
  • Package condiments
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Instant coffee and tea

 
5) Supplies

  • Flashlight (1 per person)*
  • Portable battery powered lanterns
  • Glass enclosed candles (not for use in shelters)
  • Battery powered radio or TV
  • Battery operated alarm clock
  • Extra batteries, including hearing aids*
  • Ice chest and ice
  • First Aid Kit, including aspirin, antibiotic cream, and antacids*
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sun Screen (45 SPF recommended)
  • Waterproof matches/butane lighter (not for use in shelters)
  • Money*
  • Plain bleach or water purification tablets*
  • Disposable plates, glasses, and utensils*
  • Maps of the area with landmarks on it*

 
6) Cooking:

  • Sterno
  • portable camp stove or grill
  • disposable eating utensils, plates and cups
  • napkins and paper towels
  • aluminum foil
  • oven mitts

 
7) Personal Supplies*:

  • prescriptions (1 month supply)
  • photo copies of prescriptions
  • toilet paper
  • entertainment: books, magazines, card games, etc.
  • soap and detergent
  • toiletries
  • bedding: pillows, sleeping bags
  • changes of clothing
  • rain ponchos and work gloves
  • extra glasses or contact lenses (and don't forget the solutions needed for the contact lenses)

 
8) Baby Needs*:

  • Disposable diapers*
  • formula, food and medication
  • clothing and blankets

 
9) Documents*:

  • insurance papers: home/renters, automobile
  • proof of occupancy of residence (utility bills)
  • photo identification
  • photo copies of prescriptions (medications and eyeglasses/contacts)
  • medical history information
  • waterproof container for document storage
  • back-up disks of your home computer files
  • camera and film to document damage to home/belongings

 
10) Pet supplies (remember - shelters do NOT allow pets - plan to board them with a veterinarian or local humane society)

  • dry and canned food for two weeks
  • water (1/2 gallon per day per pet)
  • litter box supplies
  • traveling cage

 
11) Other necessities:

  • tools: hammer, wrenches, screw drivers, nails, saw
  • trash bags (lots of them)
  • cleaning supplies
  • plastic drop cloth
  • mosquito netting
  • ABC rated fire extinguisher
  • masking or duct tape
  • outdoor-rated extension cords
  • spray paint to identify your home if necessary
  • one of your home phones (many people lost theirs during Hurricane Andrew, even though their phone service still worked)