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Must-have hurricane supplies

Florida shoppers wait in line at Costco in Davie with hurricane supplies ahead of Hurricane Dorian in 2019
Posted at 1:30 PM, May 22, 2010
and last updated 2021-06-04 08:00:38-04

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  • Cash (ATMs may not work after the storm)
  • Cellular phone
  • Drinking water (at least 7 gallons per person)
  • Prescription medicine, (2-week supply)
  • Camera and film
  • Books, magazines and toys
  • Ice chest and ice
  • Disposable plates, glasses, and utensils
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery-operated TV/radio and clock
  • Spare batteries
  • Flashlights/lanterns
  • Toilet paper
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Baby food/formula
  • First Aid kit
  • Plastic sheeting/tarp
  • Duct or masking tape
  • Nails, rope, lumber, tools
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen
  • Disinfectant
  • Soap and detergent
  • Bleach for sterilization (unscented with hypochlorite, the only active ingredient)
  • Tincture of iodine, or water purification tablets
  • Rain gear
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Fuel for generators and cars
  • Propane gas (for grills)
  • Charcoal and lighter fluid
  • Waterproof matches/sterno
  • Special needs

Non-Perishable Foods

  • Powered milk, evaporated milk or Parmalat milk
  • Canned meats/fish (tuna, ham, etc.)
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Dried foods (spaghetti, rice, etc.)
  • Canned soups, chili
  • Dried fruit and nuts
  • Cereal
  • Crackers and cookies
  • Coffee and tea
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Pudding
  • Pet food and medicine

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