SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Before hurricane season begins, it’s a good idea to prepare your disaster supplies ahead of time.
You’re going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for the potentially lengthy and unpleasant aftermath, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum of three days. Electricity and water could be out for at least that long.
You’ll need extra cash, a battery-powered radio and flashlights.
Many of us have cell phones, and they all run on batteries. You’re going to need a portable crank or solar powered USB charger.
To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.
A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
- Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery