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Hurricane Season

June 1st- November 30th


Following is a checklist of actions you can take before, during, and after a hurricane strikes. Check this list each spring to be better prepared for the hurricane season. 

Before the Season begins:

Stock your home

it's a good idea to stock a supply of food, water, and supplies for any emergency. Any season can bring disaster. Winter storms or summer heat waves could affect your ability to get to the store for food or medication. Even a simple water main break could leave you without water for a few days.


Each person's need for drinking water varies, depending on age, physical condition, and time of year. The average person needs at least one quart of water or other liquid to drink per day, but more would be better. Also keep a couple of gallons on hand for sanitary purposes. Store water in plastic, airtight containers and replace every two months to be sure it's pure.


Supplies should include enough non-perishable, high energy foods to feed you and your family for up to three days. You may be stranded in your home for several days or local stores may run low on supplies. Also, if you go to a public shelter, it is helpful to take as much non-perishable food as you can carry.

A suggested supply of foods for emergencies includes:

  • Whole dry milk*
  • Canned fruit juices
  • Canned meats and fish, like Vienna sausage, meat spread or tuna
  • Meat substitutes, like beans
  • Bread and crackers*
  • Peanut butter
  • Dried fruits
  • Dry cereals
  • Granola bars or cookies*

*Place paper or waxed packages in a watertight container, such as a larger plastic bag. This will keep them dry and make them easier to carry. 

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