Here are items you absolutely need in a hurricane, followed by what would be useful but not essential, as well as a couple of luxuries.
- Cash or travelers checks.
- Fire extinguisher, $10.
- Clean containers to store drinking water (and fresh water): 1 gallon per person per day, $5.
- Food (canned and dried goods are best), $9 per person per day.
- Manual can opener, $3.
- Hand tools: hammer, nails, ax, knife, pliers, handsaw, screwdrivers, $40.
- Electric drill with screwdriver bits to install bolts for window protection, $40.
- Unscented household bleach to purify water, 8 drops per gallon of water, $1.
- Soap and plastic container, $2.
- At least one flashlight per person with spare batteries, $5.
- Battery-operated radio, with weather band, $19.
- First-aid kit: bandages, gauze, scissors, petroleum jelly, antiseptic spray, hydrogen peroxide, antacids, aspirin, thermometer, rubbing alcohol, $24.
- Extra prescription medicine.
- Matches (wooden ones are best), $1.
- Disposable eating utensils and plates, $4.
- Toilet paper, $1.
- Mosquito repellent, $4.
- Gallon-size freezer bags to fill with water to make ice, $3.
- Needle and thread, $2.
- Whistle or air horn, $6.
- Disinfectant, $2.
- A gas grill or Sterno stove with extra fuel, $30. (Do not take gas grills indoors.)
- Snake-bite kit, $12.
- Lantern with extra fuel, $20.
- Large trash bags, $6.
- Rope or heavy cord, 100 feet, $13.
- Tarpaulin, canvas or anything to make a temporary roof repair, $12.
- Chain saw and extra fuel, $120.
- Backup generator, cost varies.