Food Check List

This is not designed to be exhaustive list for you or your family – it is designed to help you prepare in the event of an impending storm.
Remember to check and replace these items periodically, as they have expiration dates. 
Store your hurricane food supplies in a cool, dry place, and ensure they are easily accessible in case of an emergency. Additionally, make sure you have a manual can opener or a suitable tool to open canned foods if needed. 
Freeze as many ice containers as you can. 
Clean bath tub and fill with water to boil if water supply should be contaminated or reduced.

Canned fruits and vegetables

Canned soups and stews

Canned meats (tuna, chicken)

Canned beans

Peanut butter

Nut butter (almond, cashew)

Canned or powdered milk

Rice (white or brown)


Instant oatmeal

Dry cereal


Bread (if possible, freeze for longer shelf life)

Dried beans




Beef jerky

Protein bars

Dried fruits (raisins, apricots)
Trail mix
Granola bars
Applesauce cups
Fruit cups (in natural juices)

Instant mashed potatoes
Canned or freeze-dried vegetables

Tomato Sauce
Salad dressing

Bottled water (1 gallon per person per day)
Sports drinks (for electrolytes)
Instant coffee or tea
Juice boxes or pouches

Baby food jars or pouches
Infant formula
Diapers and wipes

Gluten-free or allergy-friendly foods if necessary
Ensure you have food suitable for any dietary restrictions in your family

Portable camping stove or grill with fuel – fill propane tanks
Disposable plates, cups, and utensils
Manual can opener
Cooking pots and pans
Eating and serving utensils

If you have pets, don’t forget to pack enough food for them as well

Salt, pepper, and other seasonings
Sugar and sweeteners
Cooking oil
Aluminum foil
Ziplock bags for food storage
Garbage bags and trash cans

Shelter Check List

Creating a hurricane shelter list is crucial for ensuring your safety during a storm.  Here’s a checklist of items to pack if you need to evacuate to a hurricane shelter.
Remember to regularly check and refresh your hurricane shelter kit, especially for items with expiration dates.  Keep this list in a waterproof container and store it in an easily accessible place so you can grab it quickly in the event of an evacuation.

Driver’s license or ID card
Social security card
Birth certificates
Marriage certificate
Insurance policies (home, auto, health)
Medical records and prescriptions
Bank account information

Several changes of clothing
Sturdy, comfortable shoes
Rain gear (poncho or waterproof jacket)
Hat and gloves
Blankets or sleeping bags
Towels and washcloths
Personal hygiene products
Eyeglasses or contact lenses and supplies
Hearing aids and batteries (if applicable)
Special items for infants or elderly family members

First aid kit with bandages, antiseptic, and basic medical supplies
Prescription medications (enough for at least one week)
Over the counter medications (pain relievers, antacids, etc.)

Non-perishable food items (see previous list)
Can opener (manual)
Bottled water (at least one gallon per person per day)
Reusable water bottles
Baby formula and supplies (if needed)
Special dietary items (if needed)

Battery operated or hand crank NOAA weather radio
Flashlights with extra batteries
Cell phone with charger and a portable charger (consider a solar charger)
Important phone numbers and contacts list

Cash in small denominations
Credit / debit cards
Valuables (jewelry, etc.)

Entertainment items (books, games, puzzles)
Notepad and pen
Multi-tool or Swiss army knife

Toys, books, or games to keep children occupied
Comfort items like a favorite stuffed animal or blanket

Wipes, wash cloths, towels
Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
Liquid / bar of bath soap

Any additional items required for family members with disabilities or special needs

Pet food and water
Leash and collar with ID tag
Crate or carrier
Litter box and litter (for cats)
Medications and vaccination records

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