General Supply List

Power Outage

Here are items you absolutely need in a hurricane, followed by what would be useful but not essential, as well as a couple of luxuries.


  • Cash or travelers checks
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Clean containers to store drinking water (and fresh water): 1 gallon perperson per day
  • Food (canned and dried goods are best)
  • Manual can opener
  • Hand tools: hammer, nails, ax, knife, pliers, handsaw, screwdrivers
  • Electric drill with screwdriver bits to install bolts for window protection
  • Unscented household bleach to purify water, 8 drops per gallon of water
  • Soap and plastic container
  • At least one flashlight per person with spare batteries
  • Spare batteries for other needs
  • Battery-operated radio, with weather band
  • First-aid kit: bandages, gauze, scissors, petroleum jelly, antiseptic spray,hydrogen peroxide, antacids, aspirin, thermometer, rubbing alcohol
  • Extra prescription medicine
  • Matches (wooden ones are best). Waterproof matches run $1.50 for four smallboxes.
  • Disposable eating utensils and plates
  • Toilet paper
  • Mosquito repellent


  • Gallon-size freezer bags to fill with water to make ice
  • Needle and thread
  • Whistle or air horn
  • Disinfectant
  • A gas grill or Sterno stove with extra fuel (Do not take gas grills indoors.)
  • Snake-bite kit
  • Heavy duty work gloves
  • Lantern with extra fuel
  • Large trash bags
  • Rope or heavy cord, 100 feet
  • Tarpaulin, canvas or anything to make a temporary roof repair


  • Chain saw and extra fuel
  • Backup generator

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