Items You Should Have in Your Hurricane Supply Kit

When a hurricane is approaching, it is important for you and your family to be fully equipped and prepared for the worst. Your hurricane survival kit should be able to carry you through a week or two after a storm or any other natural disaster.  There are several companies that sell pre-assembled survival kits, but they may not be personalized to your own family's needs, especially if there are young children. This is why you may consider assembling one on your own. Here are some items you should have in your hurricane supply kit:

Have at least a two-week supply of non-perishable food and drinks including:

  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables  
  • Comfort foods  
  • High-energy foods  
  • Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 7 to 10 days.  Katrina and Wilma emphasized the importance of having sufficient water on hand.  Don't forget to include 7-10 days of water (separately) for your pets.
  • Vitamins  
  • Ice  

First Aid Kit:

  • Bandages  
  • Wipes  
  • Cold packs (non-refrigerated type)  
  • Over the counter pain relievers  
  • Gloves  
  • Prescription Medications - at least 3 days' worth of your necessary and lifesaving medications

Tools and Supplies:

  • Scissors  
  • Cooking tools / fuel
  • Toys and family board games
  • Coloring books and crayons
  • Manual can opener  
  • Plastic storage containers  
  • Paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils  
  • Battery-operated radio  
  • Flashlight  
  • Tape  
  • Toiletries
  • Portable chargers  
  • Batteries  
  • Blankets, pillows, and seasonal clothing
  • Cash supply
  • Important documents sealed in a waterproof case - You can access your Edison Insurance policy online any time if you have registered your policy in the Customer Portal to create an account.  (WiFi is necessary of course)
  • Pet care items (especially a collar and leash, identification documents, pet carrier and medications
  • Toolbox

We hope this list helps you know what you should be purchasing for your hurricane preparations. There are many other items that can be added to this list depending on your family's requirements. It is important to sit down to discuss this list with your family since everyone has their individual needs. You may even notice you forgot some things during this conversation, making it a great time to add to your list.  For more suggestions on hurricane safety items, visit the Tips and Tools section of our website. Should you have any questions in regard to your homeowners insurance policy during hurricane season, Edison Insurance Company is here to help. Give us a call at 866- 568-8922 for policy assistance. 

Tip: Take your hurricane survival kit for a test run and camp out in the living room with the entire family, using no electricity. If you make it through the night comfortably, with no setbacks, you've successfully created your survival kit. If there were a few bumps in the road, now is the time to adjust your list.

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