Preparation List

  • Generator – operation instructions
  • Chain saw – gassed up and oiled
  • Manual can and bottle opener
  • Folding stove, camping stove or barbeque grill - mitts
  • Fuels – sterno, propane, kerosene, gas, lamp oil
  • Candles
  • Batteries
  • Lightweight fire extinguishers
  • Solar landscaping lights
  • Tarps
  • Visqueen plastic sheeting, drop cloths or flexible waterproof sheeting
  • Tie-down or anchoring kits
  • Bungee cords
  • Charge cellphone battery

Remember if a storm is severe, you may be without electricity for a week or longer. Keep your family size in mind. Many canned foods deteriorate rapidly once opened.
  • Milk – evaporated, dry powder or shelf-stable varieties
  • Canned foods
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Bread, crackers, cookies and other baked goods
  • Cereal and granola bars
  • Dried fruit, nuts
  • Instant drink mixes (coffee, tea and fruit drinks)
  • Pet food
  • Drinking water – 1 gallon a day per person

You may need many of these things; you may need enough for a week, maybe longer.
  • Plastic trash bags with ties
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  • Paper products – plates, bowls, cups and plastic utensils
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Pre-moistened towelettes
  • Baby Items – baby food, diapers, wipes, formula and bottles
  • Camera – regular or digital (film, charged batteries)
  • Chlorine bleach – plain
  • Coolers or ice chests
  • Baking soda to deodorize refrigerator, ice chests or freezer
  • Pet supplies – cat litter, medications, shampoos

  • Cash – ATM machines may not be working
  • Medications – one month supply – keep copies of prescriptions
  • First-aid kit
  • Citronella candles and insect repellent
  • Towels and rags – abundant supply
  • Work gloves – sturdy for post storm cleanup
  • Full tank of gas in all vehicles
  • Rain gear


Store important documents in a safety deposit box. If one is not available, get a waterproof container.
  • Important documents
  • Insurance paperwork
  • Receipts or cancelled checks for home furnishings for loss claims or tax deductions
  • Photographs of each room in your house or a movie
  • Make a document with the name, address, phone number, and account number of your mortgage holder.
  • Medical records, vaccination histories and medical cards
  • Photocopy all cards in your wallet with contact numbers