Hurricane season officially starts on June 1. Don’t get caught unprepared. Below is a list of essential items to have on hand just in case.
Local links to other important hurricane-related info are below this list. Print out info ahead of time and keep with your supplies.
Keep in mind this list is not comprehensive; your family may have different requirements. Saved food and water should be replaced each year. Even canned food and bottled water can go bad.
Rechargeable batteries or extra batteries
Solar-powered battery and phone charger
Battery-operated radio and lantern(s)
Candles, matches / lighters
First-aid kit (incl. antibiotic ointment)
Manual can opener
Camp stove and fuel / sterno / kettle
Solar oven / Rocket stove (see YouTube)
Disposable plates, cups, silverware
Bagged ice (keep items in fridge cool)
Water for food prep, flushing toilets, and bathing
Prescription and non-prescription medications (such as aspirin, antacid, laxative, anti-diarrhea, vitamins, etc.)
Full tank of gas for evacuation
Extra cash, extra blankets, rain gear
Food (prepare for minimum of 3 days)
Drinking water – min. 1 gal / person / day
Water purification tablets (if told to boil tap water)
Ready-to-eat canned food (single serving is best)
Foods that don’t require refrigeration or cooking (think PB&J, pasta, dried soup mixes, dried fruit, energy bars, snacks, comfort foods, etc.)
Instant coffee, tea, canned juices
Pedialyte for hydration restoration
Baby food / formula
Toilet paper, paper towels
Hand sanitizer, baby wipes / towelettes
Daily items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, deoderant, etc.
Don’t forget about food, water, and medication for your pets.
Helpful phone numbers (scroll to bottom)
University of Fla. Hurricane / Disaster Prep Info
Polk County Emergency Management Facebook page (sign up for alerts)