What to take if you evacuate and what to have if you stay are two separate lists. For example, is it wise to take up space in the car with a case of water when that will be available to buy at your evacuation destination? What about your tools like a chainsaw? What if you leave that behind and it gets ruined in the storm? Spend some time thinking about what you need to take, and what you need to be properly supplied if you stay behind for a lesser storm.


• Gas or charcoal for the grill
• Manual can opener
• Non-perishable foods such as CARBS – crackers, cereal, popcorn, chips

VEGETABLES & FRUIT – canned vegetables and fruit

PROTEIN – canned tuna, soup or stew, peanut butter, beef jerky, canned sausage, nuts or ham

• Staples such as salt, pepper, sugar, mustard
• Drinking water, sports drinks
• Instant coffee
• Red Bull

The Basics

• First aid kit
• Sunscreen
• Mosquito repellent
• Acetaminophen
• Prescription medicines
• A watertight, easy-to-carry container to store essentials and paperwork

Tools & Supplies

• Cash
• Bleach
• Gasoline
• Gloves
• Disposable respirators / face masks
• Masks
• Propane gas
• Coolers
• Heavy-duty garbage bags
• Battery-operated charging pack for cellphone
• Tools, such as a saw, rake, machete, pruning sheers, power drill, utility knife
• Duct tape, screws, nails, tarps, buckets
• Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
• NOAA weather radio with extra batteries
• Enough flashlights for everyone with extra batteries
• Matches in a waterproof container
• Napkins, paper towels
• Aluminum foil
• Clothing & Bedding
• Work clothes, heavy shoes, hat, sunglasses
• Towels, bedding


• Toilet paper, towelettes
• Soap, liquid detergent
• Feminine supplies
• Tooth brush, toothpaste, hair brush, shaving supplies

Special needs items

• Remember family members with special needs, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons
• Infant needs: formula, bottles, baby food, diapers, rash cream, fever medicine, decongestant, anti-diarrhea medicine
• Pets: papers, leash, collar with ID, crate, food, bowls, litter, bed

Important documents

(Keep these documents in a waterproof, portable container)

• Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
• Passports, social security cards, immunization records
• Bank account numbers
• Credit card account numbers and companies
• Important telephone numbers
• Family records (birth, marriage and death certificates)
• Proof of occupancy

Disaster kit tips

• Water: Store water in sanitized bathtubs, washing machines and water heaters. Have at least one gallon of water per person, per day, for seven days.
• Cooking: Do not use charcoal or gas grills indoors.
• Do not run generators indoors.

Evacuation Supplies

• Gas cans (preferably filled)
• Important papers and photo albums
• Important recovery tools (chainsaw, drills, etc.)
• Pet crates
• Mask and gloves and disinfectant
• Immediate supplies of food, clothing, toiletries, medications, etc.

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