When facing the threat of a hurricane approaching their city, individuals and families should ensure they have essential supplies on hand to prepare for potential impacts and disruptions. Here’s a list of items to consider purchasing and having readily available:

Emergency Kit:

Non-perishable food items (canned goods, granola bars, dried fruits)
Bottled water (1 gallon per person per day for at least three days)
Manual can opener
Ready-to-eat snacks and comfort foods
Disposable plates, cups, and utensils
Portable camping stove or grill with fuel
Matches or lighters
Cooler for perishable food storage
First Aid Kit:

Bandages, gauze pads, and adhesive tape
Antiseptic wipes and ointment
Tweezers and scissors
Pain relievers (e.g., acetaminophen, ibuprofen)
Antihistamines for allergic reactions
Thermometer
Latex gloves
First aid manual
Safety and Protection:

Battery-powered or hand-crank radio for receiving updates and alerts
Flashlights or headlamps with extra batteries
Waterproof matches or lighters
Multi-tool or Swiss Army knife
Whistle or signaling device
N95 respirator masks for each household member
Dust masks or bandanas for dust protection
Work gloves and protective eyewear
Hygiene and Sanitation:

Hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes
Moist towelettes or baby wipes
Disposable diapers and baby wipes (if applicable)
Feminine hygiene products
Toilet paper and personal hygiene items
Plastic bags for waste disposal
Portable camping toilet or bucket with lid
Clothing and Bedding:

Sturdy, closed-toe shoes or boots
Lightweight, quick-drying clothing suitable for hot and humid conditions
Rain gear (ponchos, waterproof jackets, and pants)
Warm clothing for cooler temperatures
Blankets or sleeping bags for each household member
Personal Documents and Identification:

Important documents stored in a waterproof container or portable safe (e.g., birth certificates, passports, insurance policies, medical records)
Cash (including small denominations) and coins for emergency purchases
ATM or credit cards
Emergency contact list with phone numbers and addresses
Miscellaneous Supplies:

Entertainment items (books, games, puzzles) to pass the time during power outages
Pet supplies (food, water, medications, carriers, leashes)
Portable phone charger or power bank
Permanent markers and paper for labeling and communication
Duct tape and plastic sheeting for temporary repairs
By gathering these essential supplies and having them readily accessible, individuals and families can better prepare for the potential impacts of a hurricane and ensure their safety and well-being during and after the storm.

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