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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

    Advisory


    NHC Atlantic

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

    Atlantic Tropical Weather Outlook-
    000
    ABNT20 KNHC 011754
    TWOAT

    TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
    NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
    200 PM EDT MON SEP 1 2014

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

    A broad area of low pressure is located over the Bay of Campeche
    about 300 miles east-southeast of Tuxpan Mexico. An Air Force
    Reserve Unit reconnaissance aircraft is currently investigating the
    low to see if a well-defined center of circulation has formed.
    Environmental conditions appear to be conducive for development, and
    this system is likely to become a tropical depression later today or
    on Tuesday while it moves west-northwestward near 10 mph. Interests
    along the western Gulf coast of Mexico should monitor the progress
    of this disturbance, since watches or warnings could soon be
    required. Regardless of development, this system will produce heavy
    rainfall across the Yucatan Peninsula and southeastern Mexico today
    and Tuesday, and across portions of eastern mainland Mexico on
    Tuesday and Wednesday.
    * Formation chance through 48 hours...high...80 percent.
    * Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent.

    $$
    Forecaster Pasch



    Summary for Tropical Depression FIVE (AT5/AL052014)- ...TROPICAL DEPRESSION FORMS IN THE BAY OF CAMPECHE... As of 4:00 PM CDT Mon Sep 1 the center of FIVE was located near 20.1, -93.6 with movement WNW at 13 mph. The minimum central pressure was 1009 mb with maximum sustained winds of about 30 mph.

    Tropical Depression FIVE Public Advisory Number 1-Issued at 400 PM CDT MON SEP 01 2014
    
    000
    WTNT35 KNHC 012035
    TCPAT5
    
    BULLETIN
    TROPICAL DEPRESSION FIVE ADVISORY NUMBER   1
    NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL052014
    400 PM CDT MON SEP 01 2014
    
    ...TROPICAL DEPRESSION FORMS IN THE BAY OF CAMPECHE...
    
    
    SUMMARY OF 400 PM CDT...2100 UTC...INFORMATION
    ----------------------------------------------
    LOCATION...20.1N 93.6W
    ABOUT 255 MI...410 KM ESE OF TUXPAN MEXICO
    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...30 MPH...45 KM/H
    PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 295 DEGREES AT 13 MPH...20 KM/H
    MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1009 MB...29.80 INCHES
    
    
    WATCHES AND WARNINGS
    --------------------
    CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY...
    
    THE GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO HAS ISSUED A TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR
    THE GULF COAST OF MEXICO FROM TUXPAN NORTHWARD TO LA PESCA.
    
    SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT...
    
    A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...
    * TUXPAN TO LA PESCA MEXICO
    
    A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE
    EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN 36 HOURS.
    
    FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...PLEASE MONITOR
    PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE.
    
    
    DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
    ------------------------------
    REPORTS FROM AN AIR FORCE RESERVE UNIT RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT AND
    SATELLITE IMAGES INDICATE THAT THE LOW PRESSURE AREA OVER THE
    SOUTHWESTERN GULF OF MEXICO HAS BECOME A TROPICAL DEPRESSION.
    
    AT 400 PM CDT...2100 UTC...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION FIVE
    WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 20.1 NORTH...LONGITUDE 93.6 WEST. THE
    DEPRESSION IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 13 MPH...20 KM/H
    ...AND THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT DAY
    OR SO.  ON THE FORECAST TRACK...THE CENTER WILL APPROACH THE COAST
    OF MEXICO WITHIN THE WARNING AREA BY TUESDAY NIGHT.
    
    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 30 MPH...45 KM/H...WITH HIGHER
    GUSTS.  SOME STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT DAY OR
    SO...AND THE DEPRESSION IS LIKELY TO BECOME A TROPICAL STORM ON
    TUESDAY.
    
    THE RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT MEASURED A MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE OF
    1009 MB...29.80 INCHES.
    
    
    HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
    ----------------------
    RAINFALL...THE DEPRESSION IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE RAINFALL AMOUNTS
    OF 3 TO 6 INCHES WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 10 INCHES ACROSS
    SOUTHERN TAMAULIPAS...NORTHERN VERACRUZ...AND EASTERN SAN LUIS
    POTOSI MEXICO THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING.  THIS RAINFALL COULD CAUSE
    LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODS AND MUD SLIDES IN AREAS OF MOUNTAINOUS
    TERRAIN.
    
    WIND...TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN THE WARNING
    AREA BY LATE TUESDAY.
    
    
    NEXT ADVISORY
    -------------
    NEXT INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY...700 PM CDT.
    NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY...1000 PM CDT.
    
    $$
    FORECASTER PASCH
    
    
    


    Tropical Depression FIVE Forecast Advisory Number 1-Issued at 2100 UTC MON SEP 01 2014
    
    000
    WTNT25 KNHC 012035
    TCMAT5
    
    TROPICAL DEPRESSION FIVE FORECAST/ADVISORY NUMBER   1
    NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL052014
    2100 UTC MON SEP 01 2014
    
    CHANGES IN WATCHES AND WARNINGS WITH THIS ADVISORY...
    
    THE GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO HAS ISSUED A TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR
    THE GULF COAST OF MEXICO FROM TUXPAN NORTHWARD TO LA PESCA.
    
    SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT...
    
    A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...
    * TUXPAN TO LA PESCA
    
    A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE
    EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN 36 HOURS.
    
    TROPICAL DEPRESSION CENTER LOCATED NEAR 20.1N  93.6W AT 01/2100Z
    POSITION ACCURATE WITHIN  20 NM
    
    PRESENT MOVEMENT TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST OR 295 DEGREES AT  11 KT
    
    ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE 1009 MB
    MAX SUSTAINED WINDS  25 KT WITH GUSTS TO  35 KT.
    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 20.1N  93.6W AT 01/2100Z
    AT 01/1800Z CENTER WAS LOCATED NEAR 19.9N  93.2W
    
    FORECAST VALID 02/0600Z 21.1N  94.8W
    MAX WIND  30 KT...GUSTS  40 KT.
    
    FORECAST VALID 02/1800Z 21.9N  96.3W
    MAX WIND  35 KT...GUSTS  45 KT.
    34 KT... 30NE  30SE   0SW  30NW.
    
    FORECAST VALID 03/0600Z 22.4N  97.9W...INLAND
    MAX WIND  40 KT...GUSTS  50 KT.
    34 KT... 40NE  40SE   0SW  30NW.
    
    FORECAST VALID 03/1800Z...DISSIPATED INLAND
    
    REQUEST FOR 3 HOURLY SHIP REPORTS WITHIN 300 MILES OF 20.1N  93.6W
    
    NEXT ADVISORY AT 02/0300Z
    
    $$
    FORECASTER PASCH
    
    
    
    


    Tropical Depression FIVE Forecast Discussion Number 1-Issued at 400 PM CDT MON SEP 01 2014
    
    000
    WTNT45 KNHC 012036
    TCDAT5
    
    TROPICAL DEPRESSION FIVE DISCUSSION NUMBER   1
    NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL052014
    400 PM CDT MON SEP 01 2014
    
    An Air Force Reserve Unit reconnaissance aircraft investigating the
    low pressure area over the southwest Gulf of Mexico found a
    well-defined center of circulation.  The system has a curved band of
    deep convection that wraps around the southern and eastern portions
    of the circulation.  Thus the system is being designated as a
    tropical depression at this time.  The maximum winds reported by the
    aircraft so far support an intensity of 25 kt.  Although the
    cyclone is situated over very warm waters of near 30 deg C, the
    atmospheric environment is not ideal for strengthening.  Dynamical
    models indicate that significant northerly to northwesterly
    vertical shear should affect the tropical cyclone for the next 36
    hours and this is likely to limit intensification up to landfall.
    After landfall, dissipation should be quick due to the mountainous
    terrain of Mexico.  The official wind speed forecast is a little
    above the intensity model consensus.
    
    The initial motion is west-northwestward or around 295/11.  The
    steering scenario appears to be fairly straightforward.  The flow
    to the south of a mid-level ridge along the northern Gulf of Mexico
    coast should maintain a west-northwestward track for the next 36
    hours, i.e. through the expected time of landfall.  The official
    track forecast is very close to the latest dynamical model
    consensus.
    
    
    FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS
    
    INIT  01/2100Z 20.1N  93.6W   25 KT  30 MPH
     12H  02/0600Z 21.1N  94.8W   30 KT  35 MPH
     24H  02/1800Z 21.9N  96.3W   35 KT  40 MPH
     36H  03/0600Z 22.4N  97.9W   40 KT  45 MPH...INLAND
     48H  03/1800Z...DISSIPATED INLAND
    
    $$
    Forecaster Pasch
    
    
    


    Tropical Depression FIVE Wind Speed Probabilities Number 1-Issued at 2100 UTC MON SEP 01 2014
    
    000
    FONT15 KNHC 012036
    PWSAT5
                                                                        
    TROPICAL DEPRESSION FIVE WIND SPEED PROBABILITIES NUMBER   1        
    NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL052014               
    2100 UTC MON SEP 01 2014                                            
                                                                        
    AT 2100Z THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION FIVE WAS LOCATED NEAR    
    LATITUDE 20.1 NORTH...LONGITUDE 93.6 WEST WITH MAXIMUM SUSTAINED    
    WINDS NEAR 25 KTS...30 MPH...45 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                                                   
                                                                        
    GFMX 250N 960W 34  X   1( 1)   2( 3)   X( 3)   X( 3)   X( 3)   X( 3)
     
    LA PESCO MX    34  X   2( 2)  14(16)   X(16)   X(16)   X(16)   X(16)
     
    TAMPICO MX     34  X   6( 6)  24(30)   X(30)   X(30)   X(30)   X(30)
    TAMPICO MX     50  X   X( X)   5( 5)   X( 5)   X( 5)   X( 5)   X( 5)
     
    TUXPAN MX      34  X   5( 5)   7(12)   X(12)   X(12)   X(12)   X(12)
     
    $$                                                                  
    FORECASTER PASCH                                                    
    
    


    Tropical Depression FIVE Graphics- Tropical Depression FIVE 5-Day Uncertainty Track Image
    5-Day Uncertainty Track last updated Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:36:47 GMT

    Tropical Depression FIVE 34-Knot Wind Speed Probabilities
    Wind Speed Probabilities last updated Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:03:46 GMT
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