BSO Hurricane Guide

Hurricane Supplies: hope for 3, plan for 7

As you prepare supplies for hurricane season, hope for 3, plan for 7: assume that you will need supplies for a minimum of 3 days, but stock enough for 7 days. Begin gathering your hurricane supplies at the start of the season in June, especially drinking water (at least one gallon per person per day, and have at least a 7-day supply). Water is generally the first commodity to disappear from store shelves when a hurricane is approaching.

Use this checklist as a guide for your preparations:
  1. Have plenty of canned food and a manual can opener; perishable food items will spoil quickly if electricity is lost and refrigerators are inoperable.
  2. Stock evaporated milk and other non-perishables like peanut butter, cereal, granola bars, instant drink mixes, dried fruits, and don't forget your pets' food, too.
  3. Store bottled drinking water before the rush begins. Allow at least one gallon per person per day for 2 weeks.
  4. Have several battery-powered radios, flashlights, lanterns and extra batteries. Small battery-powered televisions are useful too.
  5. Purchase a tube of silicone caulk for sealing bathtub drains.
  6. Check your first aid kit to make sure it's properly stocked and over-the-counter medications have not expired.
  7. Inspect your hurricane shutters; replace any panels that are missing or damaged. If you use plywood to cover windows and doors, make certain it is still usable.
  8. If you don't have shutters, June is generally too late to order them for the current season. If you intend to use plywood, buy it now…and don't forget the hardware and tools you'll need to attach it.
  9. Remove damaged limbs from trees and prune branches so winds can blow through. Dispose of trimmings as soon as possible. Never leave trimmings where winds can turn them into projectiles.
  10. Consider the purchase of a propane-fueled camp stove or grill. If electricity is lost, this may be the only way to cook. Only use these items outdoors.
  11. If you have a chain saw, make sure it's filled with gas, oiled and ready for use.
  12. If you've been considering the purchase of a generator, buy it well before a storm approaches when supplies and selections are plentiful.
BSO Hurricane Guide Main Page
Be aware of approaching storms
Installing hurricane shutters
As the storm approaches
Should you evacuate?
Pet and livestock owners - special preparations
Staying safe during the hurricane
After the storm has safely passed
Generator safety
Price gouging
Snapshot Damage Assessment Program
More information
List of Broward County hurricane shelters

Other helpful information from Broward County:

For a complete list of Broward County services, please click here to view The Official Broward County Hurricane Preparedness Guide.

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