The first week of May is National Hurricane Preparedness Week and each day focuses on a different preparation topic.
Tuesday’s focus is on assembling disaster supplies for your emergency kit. Whether you’re evacuating or sheltering-in-place, you’re going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for the potentially lengthy and unpleasant aftermath.
FEMA says just having enough supplies to make it through a hurricane isn’t enough. You need plenty to make it through what could be a long recovery period too. Water and electricity could be out for a week or more, as was the case for many residents in Louisiana following Hurricane Ida last year.
The National Hurricane Center recommends having enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family for a minimum of three days.
The NHC also encourages you to make sure you have extra cash, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, and a portable crank or solar powered USB charger to charge your cell phone.
Download a printable version of an emergency kit checklist to take with you to the store.
For a full list of the topics covered throughout Hurricane Preparedness Week, click here.