Putting Together the Perfect Hurricane Preparedness Kit

With the official start of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season just around the corner, and a named tropical storm already formed, now is the perfect time to begin assembling your hurricane preparedness kit.

Although June 1 marks the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season, already we’ve had a named tropical storm hovering over the ocean, marking the sixth straight year that a named storm has developed prior to June 1.

Forecasters predict at least four major hurricanes for the 2020 season, and we all know that it only takes one hurricane to disrupt daily life and potentially impact livelihoods and whole economies. Last year, in the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian decimated parts of Abaco and Grand Bahama and left at least 60 persons dead. Videos of the terror from the winds and water spread across social media prompting many to change their view of hurricanes forever! Those who may have shrugged off hurricanes in the past now see emergency preparedness kits as mandatory and not optional.

A emergency (or disaster) preparedness kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. The supplies should be able to last for at least 72 hours or 3 days.

The infographic below details the items recommended by the Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for an emergency preparedness kit.

Additional Recommendations

We have curated a list of additional items below that we feel would be useful to include in your hurricane preparedness kit.

Water Filtration Bottle

Removes up to 99.99% of pollutants and contaminants found in drinking water sources.

Waterproof Bag

Secure your belongings with a waterproof bag.

Fuel Container

5 gallon fuel container.

Life Vest

One life vest or life jacket per person.

Two Burner Stove

Two burner propane gas stove.

Solar Fan

Solar fan and LED light.

Waterproof Pouch

Keep your valuables safe and dry up to 32 Feet.

Mosquito Repellent Wipes

Protects against mosquitos and ticks.

Hurricanes and other natural disasters are a part of life, planning and preparing for them should be as well. Subscribe to our blog for more articles in our Hurricane Series.

Did we miss anything in our kit? Let us know in the comments below.

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