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Hurricane Preparation: 14 Things You Should Always Have on Hand

By    |   Thursday, 14 Jul 2016 06:08 PM

Hurricane preparation is made easier when people take measures before a storm is even approaching. Keeping the home stocked with food, medicine, emergency kits, or personal care items avoids the rush and worry that may occur when a hurricane becomes a threat.

Here are 14 things you should have on hand in case of a hurricane:

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1. Canned food or other nonperishables should be stored, enough to last three to five days during a hurricane and its aftermath, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Keep clean containers available for necessary water supply. At least 5 gallons of water per person would last three to five days if the hurricane disrupts water service. Als, store chlorine bleach or iodine tablets that can make drinking water safe.

2. A manual can opener becomes a necessity during a power failure if your cans don't have pop tops.

3. Families may need an extra supply of baby formula.

4. Pet food maintains the health of furry friends during and after a hurricane.

5. A supply of extra batteries comes in handy if electrical power goes out. A battery-powered radio and flashlights are necessary.

6. Matches or lighters are needed for candles or for temporary lighting.

7. Keep prescription medications and glasses on hand for hurricane preparation, advises the Dewey Insurance Agency.

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8. A stored first-aid kit helps for unexpected injuries that could happen when the family is restricted to the home during or after a hurricane.

9. A fire extinguisher could be a lifesaver in the case of unexpected accidents or events.

10. Personal care items are needed when a family is stuck at home. These items may include soap, toothpaste, tampons, diapers, cleaning cloths, or hand sanitizers.

11. To avoid boredom while in the home during or following a hurricane, keep games or puzzles available.

12. Duct tape or plastic sheeting can protect the home from water because of rain or flooding.

13. Car items may be necessary in case you need to quickly leave an area. Keep your vehicle supplied with jumper cables, flares, emergency car tools, maps, sleeping bags, flashlights, batteries, and a first-aid kit. Make sure you take food with you if you have to leave.

14. Include getting and storing some extra cash in your hurricane preparations since ATM machines might not work following the storm.

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