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Start Buying Food And Supplies

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.

Essentials

  • 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.

Useful

  • 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.

Luxuries

  • Chain saw and extra fuel, $120.
  • Backup generator, cost varies.
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