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Hurricane Checklist

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Select

So you waited til the last minute to think about this--didn't you?  That's okay.  Let's get going now.  Be prepared to exist for at least three days without help.  To do this, you will need some water, food, medical supplies, and tools.  Here is the quick version:

  • a case of bottled water per person (this should be changed for fresh after about a month)
  • nonperishable food for each person for at least three days
  • sugar and salt
  • manual can opener
  • fun snacks like pretzels instant coffee, and energy bars
  • baby needs
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • radio with extra batteries
  • toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair brush, mouthwash, razor, soap, etc
  • bucket with lid for a toilet (liners that fit)
  • toilet paper in a waterproof container
  • medicines
  • bleach
  • pocket knife
  • reading glasses
  • a loud whistle (look at the boating store) for each person
  • matches in a waterproof container
  • rain poncho for each person
  • clothing, socks, underwear for three days
  • ice chest
  • plastic forks, knives, and spoons
  • paper towels
  • towels
  • bedding and pillows for each person
  • pet food and supplies
  • work gloves for each person
  • sunglasses for each person
  • first aid kit (bandages, tape, alcohol, band aids, aspirin, baking soda, insect spray, etc) in a waterproof container
  • tools in a toolbox or tool bag (hammer, wrench, screwdrivers, pliers, etc)
  • shovel
  • rope
  • hatchet or ax
  • photos of family members with name and date of birth on each in a waterproof container
  • copies of important papers such as insurance, IDs, birth certificates, etc in a waterproof container
  • green money in a waterproof container
  • map of the area in a waterproof container

Have these items in tubs with lids so you can grab them and go fast if necessary.  Hopefully, you won't need to use this stuff.

A good suggestion was just received to have a gas grill to cook on.  Great idea to try to use up some of the food before it spoils.  Keep the car gas tank full so you won't have to wait in a long line.  Thanks to everyone for the kind comments and ideas.





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Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County
I hear that there is a rough storm a comin' This list is very helpful.
Aug 23, 2012 12:45 PM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

This is a very comprehensive list.  It certainly is important to be prepared.  I had not thought of this one

photos of family members with name and date of birth on each in a waterproof container

Aug 23, 2012 12:47 PM
Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton
The Nines Team At Keller Williams - Stockton, CA
The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton

John - Except for the rain ponchos ... looks a lot like my earthquake checklist!  We all get to play with Mother Nature in our own areas ... Thanks for sharing ...

Aug 23, 2012 12:50 PM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

What a great checklist... and very timely, too. After the tsunami in Japan, my kids and I put together a pretty extensive emergency kit. We don't get hurricanes here, obviously, but you just never know what can happen.


Aug 23, 2012 12:58 PM
Winston Heverly
Coldwell Banker Access Realty - South Macon, GA

John, you only need one thing and that is a ticket to Orlando. After the third day, you are about to go insane without, A/C, running water and a coffee pot.

Aug 23, 2012 01:01 PM
Regina P. Brown
MBA Broker Consultants - Carlsbad, CA
M.B.A., Broker, Instructor

Better be SAFE than sorry!  Thanks for providing a checklist of what needs to be prepared.  Those will really help in times of need.  I'm praying for God's protection for everyone.

Aug 23, 2012 01:01 PM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

A very handy checklist to have on hand for any emergency.  How about propane and a bar-b-que that uses it? 

Aug 23, 2012 01:10 PM