How to prepare for a hurricane: your checklist should include these household items


The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be particularly active, and another storm is now heading towards the east coast, so it will be especially important to prepare for storms, which could make landfall along the east coast and the gulf coast.

The National Weather Service is already forecasting 13 to 19 storms with winds of 39 mph or more, throughout the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs through November 30. However, officials predict that six to 10 of those storms could become hurricanes with three to six potentially becoming major hurricanes.

Hurricanes can potentially cut power, block roads, disrupt emergency services, and shut down stores and pharmacies for an extended period of time. The new coronavirus only adds to the complexity of the situation, which is why authorities are encouraging residents to prepare well in advance.

In doing so, Southeastern Grocers Inc., which is one of the largest conventional supermarket companies in the country and owns and operates BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, has compiled a list of items. that she believes people should have stocked up in anticipation of a storm.


“We now realize more than ever that we are indeed stronger together,” said Anthony Hucker, President and CEO of Southeastern Grocers. “With experts predicting an above-average storm season, it is crucial to take the necessary precautions to prepare for other challenges ahead.”

At the same time, the company encourages its customers to also consult the American Red Cross Hurricane Safety Checklist for what it considers essential for hurricane preparedness, especially with three storms affecting already areas in the southeast.

“The 2020 hurricane season is shaping up to be one of the busiest in our recent history,” said Gerald Thomas, CEO of the American Red Cross.

FOX Business delved into both lists to give residents a better idea of ​​what it means to be prepared for an upcoming storm.

The list of grocery stores in the Southeast includes the following:

  • The water
  • Non-perishable food
  • Instant formula
  • Personal / feminine hygiene products
  • layers
  • Paper cups
  • Paper plates
  • Plastic utensils
  • Wet wipes in an airtight container
  • Matches
  • Flash light
  • Battery
  • First aid kit
  • Garbage bags and plastic ties

In comparison, here is the list that the Red Cross thinks should be in your survival kit.

At a minimum, the kit should include:

  • One gallon of water per person, per day. The Red Cross recommends a three-day supply for the evacuation and a two-week supply for the house.
  • Easy to prepare non-perishable foods. The Red Cross recommends a three-day supply for the evacuation and a two-week supply for the house.
  • Flashflight and extra batteries
  • Battery-operated or hand-crank radio. The association suggests using a NOAA weather radio, if possible.
  • A family first aid kit that can be purchased online at the Red Cross for $ 35.
  • A seven-day supply of drugs and medical items.
  • A versatile tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Residents should also keep copies of personal documents such as medication list and relevant medical information, proof of address, deed / home lease, passports, birth certificates and insurance policies. Residents should also keep a copy of family and emergency contact information.
  • Mobile phone with chargers
  • The extra money
  • Emergency blanket
  • A map of the area


The Red Cross says that when considering an entire family, residents should add the following:

  • All necessary medical supplies such as hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses and syringes
  • Baby supplies such as bottles, infant formula, baby food and diapers
  • Games and all other activities for children
  • Pet supplies including collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, and bowl
  • Two-way radios for communication
  • Additional car and house key set
  • Manual can opener

If hurricanes or other disasters are common in your area, the Red Cross suggests adding items such as a whistle, N95 mask, rain gear, towels, duct tape, scissors, sleeping bags, matches, plastic sheeting, extra clothing, bleach and work gloves.

Before a storm, the Red Cross says to check the emergency kit and replenish any missing or insufficient items, “especially drugs or other medical supplies.”

The Red Cross also has emergency apps that monitor severe weather in the region, available for iPhones and Android.



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