In Florida, we can have any type of natural disaster happen, and it’s important for you to be prepared. Some simple steps you can follow are: make a plan with your family, friends, roommates; create a kit that can last you if you lose electricity; and be informed on the latest news and weather reports.

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Emergency supply kit

An emergency supply kit is a collection of basic items that you might need during an emergency. It’s good to involve whoever is going to use the kit, including children, in assembling it.

Assemble the following items to create kits to use at your home, office, school and/or in a vehicle:

  • Water—one gallon per person, per day
  • Food—nonperishable, easy-to-prepare items
  • Flashlight
  • Battery powered or hand crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply), other medical supplies, and medical paperwork (e.g., medication list and pertinent medical information)
  • Multipurpose tool (e.g., Swiss army knife)
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (e.g., proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, and insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Manual can opener

Resources

Store at least a 3-day supply of water for each member of your family – that means 1 gallon per person per day.
Don’t forget about pets; they’ll need food and water too.
Consider storing two weeks-worth of food supplies. You may be able to use many of the canned goods and dry mixes already in your cupboard.