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Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

June marks the beginning of Hurricane Season each year across our southern states. The best protection from the dangers of a hurricane is to be prepared. The following is a list of items and other preparation measures to help ensure your safety in the event a storm is predicted in your area. Make a bag of hurricane supplies that’s easy to grab, or keep one in your car for these necessities.


Hurricane Preparation Checklist

Preparation is key to getting through a hurricane. With that in mind, you’ll want to prepare a hurricane kit, as well as have a plan in place, in case of emergency.

Create a Hurricane Plan

Create a hurricane plan for your family, including an evacuation plan if necessary. The plan should include the steps you will take before, during, and after the hurricane. Practice the plan with your family, so everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency.

Assemble a Hurricane Kit

Here’s a hurricane supply checklist courtesy of the Red Cross:

Food & Drinking Water

  • Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
  •  Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food


  •  Flashlight
  •  Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  •  Extra batteries
  •  Multi-purpose tool
  •  Cell phone with chargers
  •  Extra cash
  •  Emergency blanket
  •  Tools/supplies for securing your home
  •  Map(s) of the area
  •  Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  •  Supplies for pets (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  •  Propane tanks for gas lanterns & stoves
  •  Extra set of car keys and house keys
  •  Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  •  Rain gear
  •  Camera for photos of damage

First Aid & Hygiene

  •  First aid kit
  •  Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
  •  Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  •  Insect repellent and sunscreen

Important Documents

  •  Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  •  Family member and emergency contact information

Protect Your Home

To mitigate storm damage, Make sure your home is well-protected by installing storm shutters, reinforcing garage doors, and trimming trees and branches near your property. You should also consider getting a flood insurance policy for your home.


Have Peace of Mind With a First Name Basis

If a hurricane is forecasted, know that A First Name Basis caregivers can stay with you or your loved one at your home during the storm, unless city officials mandate an evacuation. Our caregivers can help you to prepare for the storm and then provide you with comfort and security throughout the duration of a storm. Contact us now to be prepared!