Checklists for Building All Kinds of Storm Kits

You need to do more than prepare your home for a hurricane. You also need to prepare.

This means building a hurricane kit by assembling the food, water, medicine, and equipment you and your household will need to weather the storm. But your needs will vary: your kids and grandparents will need different supplies than you do, and each will need to take a different approach depending on whether you’re staying home, heading to a shelter, or going to someone’s house. else.

This is why the Tampa Bay Weather has put together several checklists to help you prepare for any situation.

Related: Hurricane 2022: Tampa Bay will be flooded. Here’s how to prepare.

The most important rule of hurricane preparedness is the seven-day rule: Florida officials urge residents must have seven days of non-perishable food and water per family member (including pets). This is how long it could take before aid and supplies reach your area after a devastating storm. The standard hydration rule is that each person will need at least one gallon of water per day.

You should keep at least 30 days of prescription medication on hand. Getting refills after a storm won’t be easy.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management (, the Department of Homeland Security (, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( also provide checklists.

Related: Hurricane 2022: Protect your sanity during the storm

Hurricane kits need to be built for different purposes, whether it’s to stay in an escape shelter or in someone else’s house. Remember that when you go to a shelter, you are not going to camp. Water, meals and maybe even cots will be provided. But if you go to someone’s house, don’t count on them to feed, heal and hydrate your family. Do your part.

So prepare your seven-day supply first, then run through these checklists:

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Personal Hurricane Kit

Build a duffel bag – aka a “bug out bag” – that fits everything you’ll need in a backpack or two if you have to bug out without notice. This is the kind of bag you should keep ready all year round in Florida, where the weather can always turn against us.

  • Horns or whistles, to call for help
  • Assorted batteries, including for hearing aids
  • Backpacks, robust and waterproof
  • Can opener (manual, never electric)
  • Cash (no electricity or cell service means no credit cards or mobile payments)
  • COVID-19 test kits
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Extra clothes and socks, including something warm in case it gets cold
  • First aid kit
  • Hydroalcoholic gel
  • portable lanterns
  • Headlamp and batteries
  • Identity documents, insurance card, etc.
  • Insecticide
  • NOAA weather radio, battery or hand crank
  • Over-the-counter medications (anti-diarrheals, analgesics, etc.)
  • Pandemic masks (N95 or KN95 masks; don’t rely on cloth or surgical masks)
  • Pens and paper (don’t drain your phone battery by writing things down)
  • Personal wipes (antibacterial)
  • Phone charging cables, wall chargers
  • Portable power banks for smartphones, tablets
  • Rain jacket and pants/poncho
  • Rubber boots
  • Safety work gloves
  • Spare contacts and glasses (also eye drops)
  • Spare keys for homes, businesses and vehicles
  • Sturdy boots or shoes (and a backup pair)
  • Sunscreen, lip balm
  • Sleeping bags
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss
  • Water purification tablets
  • Waterproof folders, for documents and photos
  • Waterproof matches and lighter

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home storm kit

If you lose power after a storm, your home or neighborhood is hit hard, or help can’t reach you for a while, this gear will make your wait at home a lot easier. If you have camping gear, you are already in good shape.

  • Bleach (to clean mold)
  • Carbon monoxide detector, battery powered (for gasoline generators)
  • Can opener (manual, never electric)
  • COVID-19 test kits
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Scotch tape
  • Additional water (fill tubs for rinsing)
  • hand soap
  • Fan, battery powered
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Garbage bags, plastic sheeting (for rubbish and to cover broken windows)
  • Insect repellent, bug candles
  • Long-handled squeegees for scraping mud from a flooded house
  • Laser pointer, to attract help in the dark (aiming at an aircraft is a federal crime)
  • Laundry detergent, bucket for washing clothes
  • NOAA weather radio, battery or hand crank
  • Pandemic masks (N95 or KN95 masks; don’t rely on cloth or surgical masks)
  • Paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
  • Paper towels (better than sponges if there is no water)
  • Personal wipes (antibacterial)
  • Portable air conditioner that can run on a generator
  • portable camping stove
  • Portable generator (never run one indoors; beware of carbon monoxide poisoning)
  • Portable external batteries for smartphones and tablets
  • Powerful flashlight
  • Cloths, sponges, mops for cleaning
  • Safety work gloves
  • Spray paint (to paint the address, insurance company on the house)
  • Surge protectors or power strips
  • Tarps (for damaged roofs, walls and windows)
  • Termite bait and ant poison
  • Toilet paper
  • Tool kit
  • Tooth brushing pads (when water is scarce)
  • Wrench or pliers, to turn utilities on and off

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Vehicle Hurricane Kit

In an emergency, your vehicle can be the safest place you can stay after a storm. So make sure it has what your family needs.

  • Car shovel/pickaxe
  • Cash (tow trucks, repair shops may not accept electronic payment)
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Scotch tape
  • Emergency blankets
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Fuse set
  • Garbage bags, plastic sheeting (for rubbish and to cover broken windows)
  • Jumper cables
  • Maps, atlases (physical, not digital; must be up to date)
  • Multi-function tool
  • Personal wipes (antibacterial)
  • Telephone cables
  • Pocket knife
  • portable air compressor
  • portable starter
  • Inverter, to charge devices
  • Safety work gloves
  • Spare tire (that actually works)
  • tire jack
  • Tire sealant, puncture repair kit
  • Vehicle registration, proof of insurance
  • Water repellent
  • Wipes

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Hurricane kit for kids

Whether they evacuate or stay, kids also need a hurricane kit. Their needs vary by age and remember to get 30 days’ worth of their prescription medications in advance. If you’re breastfeeding, experts recommend keeping a week’s worth of powdered formula on hand, just in case.

  • Baby food
  • Baby wipes
  • Blankets, pillows
  • Books, games, playing cards, puzzles (don’t rely on tablets to keep kids entertained)
  • Child’s Insurance ID
  • Clean bottles
  • Layers
  • drawing paper; pencils, markers, pens
  • Dry and extra clothes and underwear
  • Formula
  • Child-friendly preserves
  • Medical alert bracelet (if required)
  • Over-the-counter medications (anti-diarrheals, analgesics, etc.)
  • Personal wipes (antibacterial)
  • Solid shoes, rubber boots
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss
  • Toys (which may be damaged or lost)

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Pet Hurricane Kit

If you’re staying home, make your life easier and get your pet’s hurricane kit ready now. Microchipping your pet will help ensure that you will be reunited with your pet if you are separated. Keep your microchip contact information up to date. Also, make sure your pet wears a tag with your current contact information. Some shelters accept pets, but you will still need to pack their equipment. The CDC has a pet emergency kit checklist at

  • Cover
  • Cat litter, newspapers, even paper towels
  • Solid crate or carrier
  • Disposable Cat Litter Boxes
  • Disposable bags for cleaning animals
  • Additional collar with updated pet tag, contact information
  • Additional leashes
  • Medicines, 30 day supply
  • Medical records
  • Muzzle
  • Pet first aid kit
  • Pet food, seven day supply
  • Pet chip (keep up to date)
  • pet toys
  • pet wipes
  • Portable food and water bowls
  • Puppy Pads
  • Recent photos of pets (in case you are separated)
  • Service Animal Supplies
  • Treats

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First aid kit

You can buy a ready-made first aid kit or make a solid one yourself.

  • Allergy medications
  • Aloe
  • Antacid
  • Anti-diarrheal medicine
  • Antihistamine cream
  • Antiseptic
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Aspirin, painkillers
  • Anti-burn spray
  • Cotton balls/swabs
  • eye drops
  • First aid manual
  • Hydroalcoholic gel
  • hypoallergenic tape
  • Instant cold compress
  • latex gloves
  • Laxative
  • Wet wipes
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Vaseline
  • safety pins
  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • Soap
  • Fishplate
  • Sterile adhesive dressings (all sizes)
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Solar cream
  • Triangular bands
  • Thermometer
  • Tweezers

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Tampa Bay Times 2022 Hurricane Guide

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