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Supplies and Equipment

Keep the following items in one place so you can get to them easily.

  • A battery operated radio (with extra batteries)
  • A flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Paper plates and utensils, including a bottle and can opener
  • Candles and matches (in a watertight container) or an oil or kerosene lantern
  • Toilet articles and sanitary needs


It is very important to keep an adequate supply of any medications you take. If you are stranded in your home or are asked to go to a public shelter, you may not be able to get more medications easily. If possible, you should also keep an extra pair of glasses on hand for emergencies. 

Even though you have emergency supplies, don't make the mistake of trying to "ride out" a hurricane at home. EVACUATE if local authorities tell you to do so, especially if you live in a low-lying area that could easily be flooded. Leave early before roads become flooded and you cannot get out. 

Arrange for a ride with nearby neighbors or relatives if you don't have a car. You can also call a local senior citizens group, your church, or your community emergency services office for help in arranging a ride. 

Read on for Evacuation Plans

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