After the storm, if you were hit hard, the cleanup begins. It can be physically and emotionally stressful. Pace yourself, to stay healthy and safe from injury. Make sure you, your friends, and your neighbors are coping well with the disruption. You may go days without electricity, clean water, and access to stores and banks. In addition to all the items you would take to a shelter, here are items you may need after the storm, as suggested by the National Hurricane Center.
Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days
- non-perishable packaged or canned food and juices
- foods for infants or the elderly
- non-electric can opener
- cooking tools and fuel
- paper plates and plastic utensils
Blankets and pillows
Clothing, rain gear, sturdy shoes
First Aid Kit, medicines, prescription drugs
Telephones - Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone
Tools for cleanup and repair
Vehicle fuel tanks filled
Pet care items
- proper identification, immunization records and medications
- ample supply of food and water
- a carrier or cage
- muzzle and leash
Camera - for documenting losses for insurance purposes, and for sending storm damage pictures to us at News 5!
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