What to take along in a hurricane

Preparing your family and your vehicle for hurricane evacuation doesn't have to be overwhelming.

If you know what to grab on the way out the door, you'll save time and be ready for unforeseen emergencies.

Here are a few recommendations for preparing your hurricane take-along kit should severe weather strike.

What you need to have ready and sealed in waterproof containers:

• Two plans of evacuation, including cities of destination, name and number of where you plan to stay and route

• Driver's license or personal identification

• Birth, marriage certificates

• Car, motorcycle and boat titles; home deeds

• Copies of car, home, health, dental, eye insurance policies

• Copies of wills, end-of-life documents, recent tax returns

• Copies of stocks, bonds and other negotiable certificates

• Bank information; account numbers

• Social Security cards

• Immunization records for each member of your group; list of prescriptions; necessary health care documents

• Names and contact numbers for health care proxies, attorneys, doctors and emergency contact family members

• Spare keys to home, work, vehicles

• Photographs of interior and exterior home

• Photographs of possessions, including jewelry, electronics, furniture, art, cars

• Pet veterinary records of immunizations

Prepare your car:

• Jumper cables

• Road flares

• First aid kit

• Tire repair device or spare tire with car jack and bolt remover

• No-spill plastic gas can

• Fill your gas tank before you depart

• Be sure to make space for your take-along kit, pet crate (if needed) and car seat (if needed)

• Hide maps and road atlases under the seat for more room

What you need to bring for the first 72 hours:

• Water to drink for each member of your group

• Canned food, crackers, peanut butter and other nonperishables for each member of your group

• Necessary items for infants and seniors such as diapers, bottles, baby wipes or dentures, hearing aids, eyeglasses

• Spare shirt, pants, underwear, shoes, socks for each member of your group

• If weather is cold, bring coats, hats, gloves, sweaters

• Rain boots

• Two umbrellas

• Cash and coins, checks and credit cards

• Cellphone chargers, including one for your car

• Two flashlights, spare batteries

• Portable radio

• Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, no-water shampoo, baby wipes)

• Anti-bacterial gel

• Toilet paper

• Trash bags

• Waterproof sunscreen, insect repellent, sunglasses

• Prescription drugs, eyeglasses

• Pillows and sleeping bag or blanket for each member of your group

• Books, games, favorite toy for children

What you need to bring if you have a pet:

• Water and food for first 72 hours

• Sealable water and food dishes

• Prescriptions, including flea and tick treatments

• Leash, collar, identification tags

• Blanket

Appropriate-size pet crate


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