What to Buy Before Hurricane Season

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Hurricanes and serious storms can be stressful, dangerous situations, with severe winds, the potential for flooding and extended power outages. Preparing forhurricane season – June 1 through November 30 in the Atlantic region – can help to ensure your health, safety and comfort in the event of a storm and in the days and weeks after a hurricane.

In addition to basic hurricane supplies such as batteries, flashlights and matches, a hurricane survival plan includes the purchase of foods and beverages that do not require refrigeration and can be prepared without electricity. Purchasing these supplies over a six to eight week time period before hurricane season can minimize the impact to your budget and ensure that you are well prepared.

Here are a
few suggested items for your hurricane survival kit:

  • Bottled water – plan for one gallon per person, per day, plus extra for brushing teeth and washing hands and face.
  • Canned fruits and low-sodium vegetables, and a manual can opener.
  • Canned tuna and chicken
  • Jars of salsa
  • Granola and protein bars
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts and peanut butter – eat these sparingly to reduce the chance of dehydration from their high sodium content
  • Instant noodles and rice
  • Instant coffee and tea
  • Canned lentils and beans
  • Canned, boxed or powdered milk

If space and your budget allow, consider purchasing an outdoor grill or a small camping stove, which can be used to heat canned soup and to boil water for noodles and rice.

Don’t worry about being left with an excess of canned goods in late fall, as surplus supplies will be welcome at your local food bank at the end of hurricane season.

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