We are in a very active hurricane season, so it's a good idea to know what you'll need if a storm was approaching.
Here is a list of important items you should have at home or take with you if you evacuate:
• Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3-7 days; also fill bathtub and other containers; Gator Aid is good to fend off dehydration • Food - at least enough for 3-7 days; non-perishable packaged or canned food; juices; foods for infants or elderly family members; snack foods; food for special diets • Telephones: Fully charged cell phone with extra battery; chargers; traditional (not cordless) telephone set • Cell Phone charging stations - locations where you can charge mobile devices • Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards: Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods • Important documents: Place in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag: Should include insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, prescriptions, etc. • Pet care items: Proper identification, immunization records, medications, ample supply of food and water; a carrier or cage; muzzle and/ or leash • Gas: Fill up your vehicles several days before landfall is expected; Gas stations could lose power during a storm and supply trucks may not be able to reach the area • Toiletries, hand sanitizer, hygiene items, moisture wipes, dry shampoo • Paper plates and cups, plastic utensils • Bedding: Blankets, Pillows, etc. • Toys, books and games for children • First Aid Kit, Medicines, Prescription Drugs • Toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags • Flashlight, batteries, lantern • Radio: Battery operated and NOAA weather radio • Tools: Keep a set with you during the storm • Bleach without lemon or any other additives • Fire extinguisher • Mosquito repellent • Clothing • Rain gear • Sturdy shoes • Keys • Cooking tools, fuel • Non-electric can opener • Duct tape