Gather emergency supplies before a storm develops

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To be prepared for a storm, you can start preparing now—before a storm develops.

Do you need a strategy that can help you be ready for the worst without spending too much at once? If so, build your supplies over time by adding a few items each week or month.

Gather in advance the necessary supplies and items you will need to stay safe after the hurricane passes and as you start to recover.

Stock food items that do not need refrigeration and will last.

Regularly replace items like water, food, medications, and batteries that go bad over time.

For a complete list of emergency supplies, visit ready.gov/prepare and then check them off your Hurricane Preparedness Checklist once you add them to your emergency kit.

COMMUNICATION PLAN

Your hurricane preparations will also require gathering information, such as the numbers and addresses of friends and family you can rely on.

Keep important numbers written down in your wallet in case you cannot access the contact list in your phone. Landline and cellular phone systems are often overwhelmed following a disaster, so you may need to use text messages and social media.

Designate an out-of-town contact to help your household reconnect. Be sure to practice your plan with your family.

Write down any important phone numbers on your Hurricane Preparedness Checklist so you can access them easily.

Get more information by downloading Be Smart Create Your Family Emergency Communication Plan or visit ready. gov/make-a-plan.