What should you have in your hurricane emergency kit?


As another hurricane approaches the Carolina coastline, South Carolinians are preparing and evacuating. South Carolina's Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) advises having an emergency kit ready whether you are traveling to stay with friends and family, going to a shelter, or staying at home where there could be power outages and other damage.

Here is a listing of items for an emergency kit:

  • Water, two gallons of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Family emergency contact information
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change

Download a checklist or visit scemd.org to learn more about hurricane and emergency preparedness.

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