Buy supplies early to prepare for the storm. When storm threatens, lines will be long and supplies short.
Get enough nonperishable foods now for two weeks. Then put them in a box and leave them alone Don't buy foods that are salty or dry or high in fat or protein; they'll make you thirsty.
Hand tools - hammer, screwdrivers to use now, shovel and pickax for after the storm
4-by 8-foot sheets of plywood 3/8-inch to 1/2-inch thick to put over your windows. Make sure you ask for exterior plywood.
HURRICANE KIT Assemble this now. Put aside in a special box in garage. Keep heat-sensitive items inside home and rotate stock throughout season. Batteries can go in refrigerator.
Manual can opener
Matches in a plastic bag
Pocket knife - preferably Swiss Army-style
Camp stove or other cooking device and plenty of fuel. Use canned fuel, not charcoal or gas
Ice chests or coolers
Paper plates, napkins
Plastic cups, knives, forks, spoons
Drugstores will be mobbed just before storm and closed for days after. Keep a 2-week supply of prescription drugs.
Bandages and tape
Extra over-the-counter medicine (for colds, allergies)
Feminine hygiene items
Medic Alert tags
Insect bite lotion
Insect repellent sprays and candles
Sterile rolls, bandages
Plastic bags, jugs or containers to store water and ice.
Water purification tablets (available at pharmacies and camping stores), 2 percent tincture of iodine or ordinary household bleach that contains hypochlorite as its only active ingredient - not bleach with soap, lemon or other additives.
Plastic to line bathtub.
Baby medicines (pain, cold, cough)
Deodorizer Diaper-rash ointment, petroleum jelly
Disinfectant or bleach
Extra formula, baby food
Small can or garbage can with tight lid
Plastic bags for liners