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Storm essentials: personal and home safety items

Items to stay safe during hurricane season
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Posted at 3:37 PM, Jul 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-04 15:37:05-04

FLORIDA — During hurricane season, there’s a list of must-have items you need to stay safe.

The following essential items include:

  • Drinking Water (one gallon per day per person for 7 days)
  • Non-perishable Food
  • Manual Can Opener
  • Juice, soft drinks, instant coffee or tea, dry milk
  • Camp stove, grill (with fuel) for outdoor use only, lighter or waterproof matches
  • Pots, pans, cooking utensils, disposable plates, cups and cutlery
  • Plastic wrap, zip lock bags, garbage bags
  • Coolers with wheels for easier movement for food and ice storage
  • Freeze water in jugs or zip lock bags to keep food cool
  • Keepsakes, significant photos and important papers
  • Coins, cash, credit cards and/or travelers checks

Pets and Service animals items:

  • Water (one gallon per day for seven days for each animal)
  • Cage or carrier for each animal
  • Food and treats
  • Toys and comfort Items
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Identification, immunization records and photographs

If you evacuate, take your pet with you and do not tether pets outside during a storm.
Personal items include:

  • First aid kit and instruction book
  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • Basic tool kit, including a hammer, wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, etc.
  • Specialized tools for water or gas valves
  • Plastic tarps with grommets or roll plastic sheeting
  • Assorted screws, nails and other fasteners
  • Duct tape
  • Canvas or leather work gloves
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