Father and daughter placing bottled water in shopping cart to prepare for a hurricane 2.

How Prepared for a Disaster is your Family? 

You have already sat down and written a plan, but have you prepared your home to ride out a storm, or put together a disaster kit should you evacuate? When preparing your home, you should verify your insurance coverage with your homeowner’s insurance, and remember that flood insurance is a separate policy. It is good practice to inspect the exterior of your home for any repairs that may need to be completed prior to a storm, secure any loose items around the exterior of your home, and trim any trees that have the potential to damage you or your neighbor’s home.

A well thought out disaster kit typically includes several items (in an abundance of caution the below list includes more than the FEMA recommendations):

  • 10 to 14-day food supply (for each member of the family and pets)
  • 1 gallon of water per day per person
  • Toiletries
  • Prescription medications (hard copy of all prescriptions)
  • Important documents in a waterproof container
  • Flashlight & Batteries
  • NOAA weather radio
  • Cash
  • Pet care items
  • First Aid Kit
  • Manuel can opener

This list is not meant to be comprehensive but only a suggestion. Please visit the Ready website for additional ideas.