It's time to get your hurricane preparedness kit stocked up and ready to be used if you need it.

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The American Red Cross has published a guide of key items you should have in your hurricane kit. I recommend getting plastic totes to store the items in so they can be stored easily and moved to a vehicle if you need to evacuate.

Hurricane season begins June 1st, however, that doesn't mean a storm can't form in the Atlantic or Gulf from now until the official first day of the season.  It's best to be prepared.

Hurricane Preparation, What Are the Items You Didn't Think Of?

When there is word that a hurricane might threaten the Gulf Coast, we start thinking about what items we need to make life bearable if we end up stuck at home without electricity and internet.
In addition to these creature comforts, we also need to think about the many things that we would need to take with us if we are forced to evacuate.
While we all immediately think of things like prescription medicines and important papers, there are other things that can come in handy whether we will be stuck at home, at a relative's house, or in a shelter.

Here are some other items The American Red Cross recommends you have in your hurricane kit:

  • Multi-purpose tool  
  • Cell Phones, Tablets and Laptop Computers with Chargers   
  • Family and Emergency Contact Information 
  • Emergency Blanket 
  • Maps of the Area 
  • Baby supplies  
  • Pet supplies  
  • Extra Keys 
  • Extra Clothing 
  • Insect Repellent and Sunscreen 

2023 Hurricane Storm Names

The 2023 hurricane season begins on June 1 and ends November 30.

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