The federal government created a website to help families prepare for hurricanes and other natural disasters. provides ideas and plans for what to include in a emergency kit and how to create a plan of action in case family members are separated during a storm.

What to include in a disaster supply kit:

  • Flashlight or lantern with batteries
  • Cash
  • First aid supplies
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Copies of your important documents
  • Chargers
  • Snacks with a long shelf life that provide energy
  • Water
  • More items to include:

What to include in a family communication plan:

Answering basic questions about meeting locations and protocols ahead of a hurricane can be useful if families are separated when a storm hits.

  • How will families members get emergency alerts or warnings?
  • What is a safe meeting place in an emergency?
  • How will family members get to that meeting place?
  • How will family members get in touch with one another if cell phones, internet or landline phones won't work?
  • How will family members let each other know they're safe?

For more tips on creating a communication plan and worksheets to help the process, click here.

When to prepare for a hurricane:

The best time to prepare for a hurricane is long before one arrives. Preparation before hand gives families enough time to work through scenarios and practice for emergencies.

For more information on preparing for emergencies and natural disasters, click here.

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