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  • Water – fill up bathtubs and containers with water for washing, and also stock up on bottled water for consumption.
  • Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days, non-perishable packaged or canned food, juices, foods for infants or the elderly, snack foods, non-electric can opener, cooking tools, fuel, paper plates and plastic utensils.
  • Blankets, Pillows and Seasonal Clothing Items
  • First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
  • Special Items - for babies and the elderly
  • Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
  • Flashlight / Batteries
  • Radio and Clock - Battery operated, also consider purchasing an NOAA weather radio
  • Telephone - Fully charged cell phone with extra batteries and a traditional (not cordless) landline telephone
  • Emergency Numbers – Keep a list of emergency telephone numbers including the local utility company
  • Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards - Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods
  • Keys
  • Toys, Books and Games
  • Important documents – (in a waterproof container or bag) insurance cards, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, birth certificates etc.
  • Tools - keep a set with you during the storm. Some items include duct tape, screw drivers, work gloves, safety goggles, etc.
  • Vehicle fuel tanks filled
  • Pet care items - ample supply of food and water, proper identification, immunization records, medications, a carrier or cage, muzzle and leash.
  • Keep family and friends out of flooded basements to avoid electrical shock.
  • Keep family and friends away from all downed power lines during or after a storm. Be sure to follow all manufacturers’ recommendations when using a generator to avoid tragedy. Never plug it into a wall outlet or directly into the home’s wiring.


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