Building Your Hurricane Preparedness Kit

In advance of a tropical storm or hurricane, you will need to prepare a hurricane kit with essential supplies and personal items. This kit will allow you to be ready should you need to evacuate to a shelter or in the event that you lose power or communication. We recommend packing these items into a regular sized suitcase so that you can move quickly if necessary.

  • Important documents (passport, visa, insurance cards, immunization records, credit cards) in a Ziploc bag or air/water tight container
  • Bottled water that can sustain you for five (5) days (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Non-perishable food items that can sustain you for five (5) days (peanut butter, crackers, granola bars, trail mix, hard candy, cereals)
  • Manual, non-electric can opener
  • Pillow, blanket and/or sleeping bag
  • Supply of personal medication for up to five (5) days
  • First-aid kit (pain relievers, Band-Aids, antibacterial ointment, insect repellent)
  • Rain gear including closed toed shoes or boots
  • A change of clothing for two (2) days
  • Personal hygiene toiletries (soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, toilet paper, and bath towel)
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Flashlight and extra batteries (no candles)
  • Fully charged phone and charger
  • Non-electronic items such as cards and books to read
  • Cash (ATMs may not work for some time)
  • Extra set of home and vehicle keys
  • If you have a pet, please bring an appropriate sized crate as well as medications and food to last up to five (5) days