TAMPA (FOX 13) - As Hurricane Irma, the first Category 5 storm of the 2017 hurricane season, approaches Florida, it's time to prepare a disaster kit for you and your family if you haven't already.
Your kit should contain non-perishable food, medications, and water to last for at least 72 hours in a disaster, among other essential supplies to survive a disaster.
In addition to the items below, families should take into consideration pets and any special needs for elderly family members and children.
Also, families should make sure to fill your cars with gas, fill prescriptions, get extra cash out of the bank, and fill plastic bags with water and place them in the freezer.
-For a printable list from MyFOXHurricane.com click here.
-Make sure your home is hurricane ready
-Flood risk and insurance information
-Florida flood zones and evacuation maps
-For a FEMA emergency supply checklist click here.
For a basic disaster kit, you should have the following items stored in airtight plastic bags that fit into one or two easy to carry containers like plastic bins or a duffel bag.
-Water: one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation (extra water for pets)
-Food - At least three days worth of non-perishable food to include canned soups, canned fruits & veggies, powdered or canned milk, dried fruit, powdered or individually packaged drinks, cereal, cookies, crackers, peanut butter and jelly, coffee and tea, canned meats and fish, etc.
-Flashlight and extra batteries
-A First-Aid kit
-Extra cellphone battery chargers fully charged
-Moist towelettes or baby wipes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation
-Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
-Manual can opener
-Whistle to signal for help
-Non-prescription medications like pain relievers, antacids, anti-diarrhea medication
-Glasses, contact lens solution
-Baby supplies: Plenty of formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, etc.
-Fuel and fuel can
-Ice chest and ice
-Non electric clock
-Portable radio, battery-powered or handcrank
-Family documents, copies of insurance policies, IDs, bank account records, birth certificates, passports in a waterproof, portable container and/or saved electronically
-Matches in waterproof container
-Feminine hygiene products
-Paper plates, cups, paper towels, plastic utensils
-Bleach (not scented or color safe). Bleach can be used as a disinfectant using nine parts water to one part bleach, or to treat water by using 16 drops bleach per gallon of water.
-Dust mask and plastic sheeting and cut tape to help filter contaminated air
-Books, games, activities for children
TIP: Take a video or photo inventory of everything in your house on your cell phone for future reference.
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