As Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 Hurricane in the Atlantic continues to approach the Southeastern U.S., now’s the time to make preparations in case it hits the Carolinas.
According to ready.gov, here’s a list of supplies you should have in order to be prepared for an emergency. You should have enough supplies to last at least 72 hours.
You should have enough non-perishable food to last three days. These items have long expiration dates, so you can stash them away for long periods of time. And always keep a can-opener handy.
- Peanut butter
- Nuts and trail mixes
- Granola bars and protein bars
- Dried fruits (raisins, cranberries, apricots)
- Canned tuna, chicken, salmon etc.
- Canned vegetables and fruits
- Canned milk
- Dry cereals
- Canned beans and chili
- Water (one gallon of water per person per day)
If you have pets, you should also have enough food and water for them as well.
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle to signal for help
- Sanitary hand wipes
- Garbage bags
- Hand sanitizer
- Toilet paper and paper towels
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
- Prescription medications
- Cash (ATMs might not work on the verge of a powerful storm)
- Important family documents (insurance policies, identification records, etc.)
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- Matches and candles
- Disposable plates, bowls and utensils
It is also recommended to purchase a portable generator during power outages and a battery-powered or hand crank radio.
And remember—everyone will be stocking up on supplies, so don’t wait until the last minute to put together an emergency kit.