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Hurricane Supply Kit

Both the National Hurricane Center and the American Red Cross have developed specific guidelines for Hurricane supply kits. A hurricane survival kit is merely a specialized version of your disaster supply kit. It should include provisions to carry you through a week or two after a storm or other disaster. Our hurricane preparation page includes additional recommendations based on experiences of real people who have been through similar situations. Remember, the more water, food, and other items you have the better off you will be in the event of an emergency. You will be able to assist family and friends if needed.

Some companies include pre-assembled survival kits that include water purification tablets and more. They can be useful in addition to your own kit.

Our own version increases some of their recommendations and includes some additional items that are helpful in our experience.

Remember to print hard copy of any documents you need - instructions, tips or anything in case you have no power.

  • Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 7 to 10 days. Katrina and Wilma should have emphasized the importance of having sufficient water on hand. Don't forget some for your pets.
  • Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days
    — non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
    — foods for infants or the elderly
    — snack foods (Peanut butter; mixed PBJ; breakfast bars; crackers; canned fruit; raisins; chips;
    — non-electric can opener
    — cooking tools / fuel
    — paper plates / plastic utensils / paper cups

    — trash bags and duct tape - useful for clean-up, or patching leaks in an emergency
  • An ax to use if you stay and need to escape from your house - or other uses
  • Blankets / Pillows, etc.
  • Clothing - seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
  • First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
  • Special Items - for babies and the elderly
  • Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
  • Bug spray, Cortisone for bug bites
  • Sunscreen & Lotion
  • Tarp to cover holes if needed.
  • Bleach
  • Water purification tablets
  • Waterless soap saves water for drinking
  • Flashlight / Batteries
  • Radio - Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
  • Battery operated television, with extra batteries.
  • Cash - Banks and ATMs may not be open or available for extended periods. Make sure you have small bills because it will often be difficult to get change, I you only have a $100 and water is $10 for a case and you are limited to one case, you do not want to have the choice of paying $100 or having no water.
  • Keys to house, cars, boats etc
  • Toys, Books and Games
  • Important documents - in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag
    — insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc. Don't forget your re-entry documents (e.g. stickers or passes). Many barrier islands require some documentation in order to return. Keep important phone number here. You may know them, but a loved one may not.
  • Tools - keep a set with you during the storm. A pocket knife, nails, a hammer and rope are important elements. Towels and buckets are useful too if you develop a leak.
  • Vehicle fuel tanks filled
  • Pet care items
    — proper identification / immunization records / medications
    — ample supply of food and water
    — a carrier or cage
    — muzzle and leash
  • Hurricane Tips

  • If you can't get cell reception, move to high ground and you may be able to reach towers that are in working condition.

  • Have a non-cordless plug in phone (a no-frills, phone that only plugs into the phone outlet and does not need its own power supply). Often phone lines will work, but without power, corldess phones will not work.
  • Hurricane & Tropical Storm

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    Advisory


    NHC Atlantic

    Active tropical cyclones in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico

    Atlantic Tropical Weather Outlook-
    000
    ABNT20 KNHC 312340
    TWOAT

    TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
    NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
    800 PM EDT MON AUG 31 2015

    For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

    The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane
    Fred, located near the northwestern Cape Verde Islands.

    Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.

    $$
    Forecaster Kimberlain


    Summary for Hurricane FRED (AT1/AL062015)- ...CENTER OF FRED NEAR THE NORTHWESTERN CAPE VERDE ISLANDS... As of 8:00 PM AST Mon Aug 31 the center of FRED was located near 17.4, -25.0 with movement NW at 12 mph. The minimum central pressure was 992 mb with maximum sustained winds of about 75 mph.

    Hurricane FRED Public Advisory Number 8A-Issued at 800 PM AST MON AUG 31 2015
    
    000
    WTNT31 KNHC 312351
    TCPAT1
    
    BULLETIN
    HURRICANE FRED INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER   8A...CORRECTED
    NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL062015
    800 PM AST MON AUG 31 2015
    
    CORRECTED MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS IN DISCUSSION SECTION
    
    ...CENTER OF FRED NEAR THE NORTHWESTERN CAPE VERDE ISLANDS...
    
    
    SUMMARY OF 800 PM AST...0000 UTC...INFORMATION
    ----------------------------------------------
    LOCATION...17.4N 25.0W
    ABOUT 25 MI...40 KM NNE OF SANTO ANTAO IN THE CAPE VERDE ISLANDS
    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...75 MPH...120 KM/H
    PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 310 DEGREES AT 12 MPH...19 KM/H
    MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...992 MB...29.29 INCHES
    
    
    WATCHES AND WARNINGS
    --------------------
    CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
    
    None.
    
    SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
    A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
    * Cape Verde Islands
    
    For storm information specific to your area, please monitor
    products issued by your national meteorological service.
    
    
    DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
    ------------------------------
    At 800 PM AST (0000 UTC), the center of Hurricane Fred was located
    near latitude 17.4 North, longitude 25.0 West. Fred is moving toward
    the northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h), and this motion is expected to
    continue through tonight.  A turn toward the west-northwest is
    expected on Tuesday.  On the forecast track, the center will be
    moving away from the Cape Verde Islands.
    
    Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 75 mph (120 km/h)
    with higher gusts.  Weakening is forecast during the next couple of
    days.
    
    Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the
    center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 80 miles
    (130 km).
    
    The estimated minimum central pressure is 992 mb (29.29 inches).
    
    
    HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
    ----------------------
    WIND:  Tropical storm or hurricane conditions will continue over
    portions of the Cape Verde Islands for the next few hours.  Wind
    speeds atop and on the windward sides of hills and mountains are
    often up to 30 percent stronger than indicated in this advisory, and
    in some elevated locations can be even greater.
    
    STORM SURGE:  A storm surge is expected to produce coastal flooding
    in areas of onshore winds in the Cape Verde Islands.  Near the
    coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and dangerous waves.
    
    RAINFALL:  Fred is expected to produce total rain accumulations of
    4 to 6 inches over the Cape Verde Islands, with possible isolated
    maximum amounts of 10 inches.  These rains are likely to produce
    life-threatening flash flooding and mud slides.
    
    
    NEXT ADVISORY
    -------------
    Next complete advisory at 1100 PM AST.
    
    $$
    Forecaster Pasch
    
    


    Hurricane FRED Forecast Advisory Number 8-Issued at 2100 UTC MON AUG 31 2015
    
    000
    WTNT21 KNHC 312040
    TCMAT1
    
    HURRICANE FRED FORECAST/ADVISORY NUMBER   8
    NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL062015
    2100 UTC MON AUG 31 2015
    
    CHANGES IN WATCHES AND WARNINGS WITH THIS ADVISORY...
    
    NONE.
    
    SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT...
    A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...
    * CAPE VERDE ISLANDS
    
    HURRICANE CENTER LOCATED NEAR 17.2N  24.6W AT 31/2100Z
    POSITION ACCURATE WITHIN  20 NM
    
    PRESENT MOVEMENT TOWARD THE NORTHWEST OR 310 DEGREES AT  10 KT
    
    ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE  989 MB
    MAX SUSTAINED WINDS  70 KT WITH GUSTS TO  85 KT.
    64 KT....... 15NE  10SE  10SW  15NW.
    50 KT....... 40NE  40SE  20SW  30NW.
    34 KT....... 70NE  70SE  50SW  60NW.
    12 FT SEAS..150NE 150SE  75SW  90NW.
    WINDS AND SEAS VARY GREATLY IN EACH QUADRANT.  RADII IN NAUTICAL
    MILES ARE THE LARGEST RADII EXPECTED ANYWHERE IN THAT QUADRANT.
    
    REPEAT...CENTER LOCATED NEAR 17.2N  24.6W AT 31/2100Z
    AT 31/1800Z CENTER WAS LOCATED NEAR 16.9N  24.2W
    
    FORECAST VALID 01/0600Z 18.2N  25.9W
    MAX WIND  65 KT...GUSTS  80 KT.
    64 KT... 15NE  10SE  10SW  15NW.
    50 KT... 40NE  40SE  20SW  30NW.
    34 KT... 70NE  70SE  50SW  60NW.
    
    FORECAST VALID 01/1800Z 19.2N  27.7W
    MAX WIND  60 KT...GUSTS  75 KT.
    50 KT... 40NE  40SE  20SW  30NW.
    34 KT... 70NE  70SE  50SW  60NW.
    
    FORECAST VALID 02/0600Z 20.1N  29.3W
    MAX WIND  55 KT...GUSTS  65 KT.
    50 KT... 40NE  40SE  20SW  30NW.
    34 KT... 70NE  70SE  50SW  60NW.
    
    FORECAST VALID 02/1800Z 20.8N  31.0W
    MAX WIND  45 KT...GUSTS  55 KT.
    34 KT... 70NE  70SE  50SW  60NW.
    
    FORECAST VALID 03/1800Z 22.0N  34.0W
    MAX WIND  35 KT...GUSTS  45 KT.
    34 KT... 60NE  60SE  40SW  60NW.
    
    EXTENDED OUTLOOK. NOTE...ERRORS FOR TRACK HAVE AVERAGED NEAR 150 NM
    ON DAY 4 AND 200 NM ON DAY 5...AND FOR INTENSITY NEAR 15 KT EACH DAY
    
    OUTLOOK VALID 04/1800Z 23.2N  37.5W
    MAX WIND  30 KT...GUSTS  40 KT.
    
    OUTLOOK VALID 05/1800Z 25.0N  41.0W...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
    MAX WIND  25 KT...GUSTS  35 KT.
    
    REQUEST FOR 3 HOURLY SHIP REPORTS WITHIN 300 MILES OF 17.2N  24.6W
    
    NEXT ADVISORY AT 01/0300Z
    
    $$
    FORECASTER BROWN
    
    


    Hurricane FRED Forecast Discussion Number 8-Issued at 500 PM AST MON AUG 31 2015
    
    000
    WTNT41 KNHC 312041
    TCDAT1
    
    HURRICANE FRED DISCUSSION NUMBER   8
    NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL062015
    500 PM AST MON AUG 31 2015
    
    Fred likely peaked in intensity this morning.  Microwave data
    received since the previous advisory shows that the eye has become
    open over the southern semicircle, however, the center remains
    embedded in an area of cloud top temperatures below -70C.  Although
    Dvorak T-numbers have changed little since the previous advisory,
    the initial wind speed has been lowered to 70 kt, based on the
    degraded inner-core structure.  The environment ahead of Fred is
    expected to become increasingly hostile with marginal sea surface
    temperatures, increasing southwesterly shear, and less favorable
    thermodynamic conditions.  As a result, steady weakening is
    predicted.  Since Fred is a small tropical cyclone, it is likely to
    succumb to the shear faster than indicated by the statistical
    guidance, and the NHC forecast is slightly lower than the SHIPS/LGEM
    models.  Despite warmer SSTs along the forecast track at days 4 and
    5, the shear and dry mid-level air are likely to cause Fred to
    become a remnant low by the end of the forecast period.
    
    The initial motion estimate is 310/10 kt.  The center of Fred
    will pass near or over the northwestern Cape Verde Islands through
    early tonight.  A turn toward the west-northwestward is expected on
    Tuesday as the subtropical ridge to the north of Fred builds
    westward.  A west-northwestward heading should then continue during
    the remainder of the forecast period.  The GFS and ECMWF models
    remain on the southern side of the guidance envelope and the NHC
    forecast is near a consensus of these typically reliable models.
    The NHC forecast at the long-range leans a bit closer to the ECMWF,
    which shows a weaker Fred moving more westward.
    
    Please note that the track/cone graphic, an automatically generated
    product, does not have the capability of displaying warnings for the
    Cape Verde Islands.
    
    FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS
    
    INIT  31/2100Z 17.2N  24.6W   70 KT  80 MPH
     12H  01/0600Z 18.2N  25.9W   65 KT  75 MPH
     24H  01/1800Z 19.2N  27.7W   60 KT  70 MPH
     36H  02/0600Z 20.1N  29.3W   55 KT  65 MPH
     48H  02/1800Z 20.8N  31.0W   45 KT  50 MPH
     72H  03/1800Z 22.0N  34.0W   35 KT  40 MPH
     96H  04/1800Z 23.2N  37.5W   30 KT  35 MPH
    120H  05/1800Z 25.0N  41.0W   25 KT  30 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
    
    $$
    Forecaster Brown
    
    


    Hurricane FRED Wind Speed Probabilities Number 8-Issued at 2100 UTC MON AUG 31 2015
    
    000
    FONT11 KNHC 312041
    PWSAT1
                                                                        
    HURRICANE FRED WIND SPEED PROBABILITIES NUMBER   8                  
    NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL062015               
    2100 UTC MON AUG 31 2015                                            
                                                                        
    AT 2100Z THE CENTER OF HURRICANE FRED WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 17.2
    NORTH...LONGITUDE 24.6 WEST WITH MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS NEAR 70 KTS
    ...80 MPH...130 KM/H.                                               
                                                                        
    Z INDICATES COORDINATED UNIVERSAL TIME (GREENWICH)                  
       ATLANTIC STANDARD TIME (AST)...SUBTRACT 4 HOURS FROM Z TIME      
       EASTERN  DAYLIGHT TIME (EDT)...SUBTRACT 4 HOURS FROM Z TIME      
       CENTRAL  DAYLIGHT TIME (CDT)...SUBTRACT 5 HOURS FROM Z TIME      
                                                                        
    WIND SPEED PROBABILITY TABLE FOR SPECIFIC LOCATIONS                 
                                                                        
    CHANCES OF SUSTAINED (1-MINUTE AVERAGE) WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST     
       ...34 KT (39 MPH... 63 KM/H)...                                  
       ...50 KT (58 MPH... 93 KM/H)...                                  
       ...64 KT (74 MPH...119 KM/H)...                                  
    FOR LOCATIONS AND TIME PERIODS DURING THE NEXT 5 DAYS               
                                                                        
    PROBABILITIES FOR LOCATIONS ARE GIVEN AS OP(CP) WHERE               
        OP  IS THE PROBABILITY OF THE EVENT BEGINNING DURING            
            AN INDIVIDUAL TIME PERIOD (ONSET PROBABILITY)               
       (CP) IS THE PROBABILITY OF THE EVENT OCCURRING BETWEEN           
            18Z MON AND THE FORECAST HOUR (CUMULATIVE PROBABILITY)      
                                                                        
    PROBABILITIES ARE GIVEN IN PERCENT                                  
    X INDICATES PROBABILITIES LESS THAN 1 PERCENT                       
    PROBABILITIES FOR 34 KT AND 50 KT ARE SHOWN AT A GIVEN LOCATION WHEN
    THE 5-DAY CUMULATIVE PROBABILITY IS AT LEAST 3 PERCENT.             
    PROBABILITIES FOR 64 KT ARE SHOWN WHEN THE 5-DAY CUMULATIVE         
    PROBABILITY IS AT LEAST 1 PERCENT.                                  
                                                                        
                                                                        
      - - - - WIND SPEED PROBABILITIES FOR SELECTED LOCATIONS - - - -   
                                                                        
                   FROM    FROM    FROM    FROM    FROM    FROM    FROM 
      TIME       18Z MON 06Z TUE 18Z TUE 06Z WED 18Z WED 18Z THU 18Z FRI
    PERIODS         TO      TO      TO      TO      TO      TO      TO  
                 06Z TUE 18Z TUE 06Z WED 18Z WED 18Z THU 18Z FRI 18Z SAT
                                                                        
    FORECAST HOUR    (12)   (24)    (36)    (48)    (72)    (96)   (120)
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 
    LOCATION       KT                                                   
                                                                        
    $$                                                                  
    FORECASTER BROWN                                                    
    


    Hurricane FRED Graphics- Hurricane FRED 5-Day Uncertainty Track Image
    5-Day Uncertainty Track last updated Mon, 31 Aug 2015 23:52:33 GMT

    Hurricane FRED 34-Knot Wind Speed Probabilities
    Wind Speed Probabilities last updated Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:07:47 GMT
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