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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 181715
    TWOAT

    TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
    NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
    200 PM EDT THU SEP 18 2014

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

    The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane
    Edouard, located about 900 miles west of the western Azores.

    A tropical wave, accompanied by a broad low pressure system, is
    located just off of the west coast of Africa. Although shower and
    thunderstorm activity remains disorganized, environmental conditions
    are expected to be at least marginally conducive for some gradual
    development of this system over the next several days while it moves
    slowly west-northwestward to northwestward over the far eastern
    tropical Atlantic.
    * Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
    * Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.

    A broad area of low pressure could form off of the east coast of
    Florida over the weekend. This system will have some potential to
    acquire tropical or subtropical characteristics while it moves
    northeastward near or offshore of the southeastern coast of the
    United States.
    * Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
    * Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.

    $$
    Forecaster Stewart



    Summary for Hurricane EDOUARD (AT1/AL062014)- ...EDOUARD GRADUALLY WEAKENING... As of 11:00 AM AST Thu Sep 18 the center of EDOUARD was located near 39.9, -42.7 with movement E at 25 mph. The minimum central pressure was 970 mb with maximum sustained winds of about 80 mph.

    Hurricane EDOUARD Public Advisory Number 29-Issued at 1100 AM AST THU SEP 18 2014
    
    000
    WTNT31 KNHC 181435
    TCPAT1
    
    BULLETIN
    HURRICANE EDOUARD ADVISORY NUMBER  29
    NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL062014
    1100 AM AST THU SEP 18 2014
    
    ...EDOUARD GRADUALLY WEAKENING...
    
    
    SUMMARY OF 1100 AM AST...1500 UTC...INFORMATION
    -----------------------------------------------
    LOCATION...39.9N 42.7W
    ABOUT 755 MI...1210 KM W OF FAYAL ISLAND IN THE WESTERN AZORES
    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...80 MPH...130 KM/H
    PRESENT MOVEMENT...E OR 85 DEGREES AT 25 MPH...41 KM/H
    MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...970 MB...28.65 INCHES
    
    
    WATCHES AND WARNINGS
    --------------------
    THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT.
    
    
    DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
    ------------------------------
    AT 1100 AM AST...1500 UTC...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE EDOUARD WAS
    LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 39.9 NORTH...LONGITUDE 42.7 WEST. EDOUARD IS
    MOVING TOWARD THE EAST NEAR 25 MPH...41 KM/H. A DECREASE IN FORWARD
    SPEED IS EXPECTED TODAY AND TONIGHT...FOLLOWED BY A SLOWER EASTWARD
    MOTION FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT.
    
    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 80 MPH...130 KM/H...
    WITH HIGHER GUSTS. ADDITIONAL WEAKENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT
    48 HOURS. EDOUARD IS EXPECTED TO WEAKEN TO A TROPICAL STORM BY
    TONIGHT...AND BECOME A POST-TROPICAL CYCLONE FRIDAY NIGHT OR
    SATURDAY.
    
    HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 90 MILES...150 KM...FROM
    THE CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 230
    MILES...370 KM.
    
    THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 970 MB...28.65 INCHES.
    
    
    HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
    ----------------------
    SURF...SWELLS FROM EDOUARD ARE AFFECTING PORTIONS OF ATLANTIC CANADA
    AND PORTIONS OF THE UNITED STATES EAST COAST NORTH OF FLORIDA. THESE
    SWELLS WILL LIKELY CAUSE LIFE-THREATENING RIP CURRENT CONDITIONS
    THROUGH TODAY. PLEASE SEE PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER
    OFFICE FOR MORE DETAILS.
    
    
    NEXT ADVISORY
    -------------
    NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY...500 PM AST.
    
    $$
    FORECASTER BRENNAN
    
    
    


    Hurricane EDOUARD Forecast Advisory Number 29-Issued at 1500 UTC THU SEP 18 2014
    
    000
    WTNT21 KNHC 181433
    TCMAT1
     
    HURRICANE EDOUARD FORECAST/ADVISORY NUMBER  29
    NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL062014
    1500 UTC THU SEP 18 2014
     
    THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT.
     
    HURRICANE CENTER LOCATED NEAR 39.9N  42.7W AT 18/1500Z
    POSITION ACCURATE WITHIN  30 NM
     
    PRESENT MOVEMENT TOWARD THE EAST OR  85 DEGREES AT  22 KT
     
    ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE  970 MB
    MAX SUSTAINED WINDS  70 KT WITH GUSTS TO  85 KT.
    64 KT....... 20NE  80SE  70SW   0NW.
    50 KT....... 80NE 120SE  90SW  50NW.
    34 KT.......110NE 200SE 180SW  80NW.
    12 FT SEAS..210NE 300SE 340SW 430NW.
    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 39.9N  42.7W AT 18/1500Z
    AT 18/1200Z CENTER WAS LOCATED NEAR 39.9N  43.9W
     
    FORECAST VALID 19/0000Z 40.1N  39.9W
    MAX WIND  60 KT...GUSTS  75 KT.
    50 KT... 60NE  90SE  70SW  40NW.
    34 KT...100NE 160SE 140SW  70NW.
     
    FORECAST VALID 19/1200Z 39.9N  37.8W
    MAX WIND  45 KT...GUSTS  55 KT.
    34 KT... 80NE  90SE  90SW  50NW.
     
    FORECAST VALID 20/0000Z 40.0N  36.2W
    MAX WIND  35 KT...GUSTS  45 KT.
    34 KT... 40NE  50SE  50SW  40NW.
     
    FORECAST VALID 20/1200Z 40.0N  34.3W...POST-TROPICAL
    MAX WIND  35 KT...GUSTS  45 KT.
    34 KT...  0NE  40SE  40SW   0NW.
     
    FORECAST VALID 21/1200Z 37.5N  30.0W...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
    MAX WIND  30 KT...GUSTS  40 KT.
     
    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 22/1200Z 33.0N  30.0W...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
    MAX WIND  30 KT...GUSTS  40 KT.
     
    OUTLOOK VALID 23/1200Z...DISSIPATED
     
    REQUEST FOR 3 HOURLY SHIP REPORTS WITHIN 300 MILES OF 39.9N  42.7W
     
    NEXT ADVISORY AT 18/2100Z
     
    $$
    FORECASTER BRENNAN
     
     
    
    


    Hurricane EDOUARD Forecast Discussion Number 29-Issued at 1100 AM AST THU SEP 18 2014
    
    000
    WTNT41 KNHC 181436
    TCDAT1
    
    HURRICANE EDOUARD DISCUSSION NUMBER  29
    NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL062014
    1100 AM AST THU SEP 18 2014
    
    A 0906 UTC SSMIS pass showed that the eyewall of Edouard had opened
    up on the southwest side and the circulation was becoming somewhat
    tilted with height. This tilt was confirmed by an ASCAT pass around
    1230 UTC. The coverage of cold convective tops is gradually
    decreasing, and the initial intensity is lowered to 70 kt based on a
    blend of subjective and objective Dvorak estimates from TAFB, SAB,
    and UW-CIMSS. Given that the cyclone will be moving over cooler
    waters and experiencing increased vertical wind shear, steady
    weakening is expected during the next 24 hours. Edouard should lose
    its deep convection in 36 to 48 hours and become post-tropical by
    that time. Global model fields show the circulation of Edouard
    dissipating by the end of the period, and that is reflected in the
    official forecast. The new NHC intensity forecast is an update of
    the previous one and is close to the IVCN multi-model consensus.
    
    The initial motion estimate is now eastward, or 085/22, as Edouard
    is currently located north of a mid-level ridge over the central
    Atlantic. The cyclone will move eastward and then southeastward
    around this ridge during the next 72 hours, and then turn southward
    by day 4. Most of the track model guidance remains in good agreement
    on this scenario, with the continued exception of the GFDL and
    UKMET which show a more northeastward and southward motion,
    respectively. The new NHC track forecast is close to a consensus of
    the GFS and ECMWF models, and is similar to the previous advisory.
    
    The initial wind radii were modified based on data from the
    above-mentioned ASCAT pass.
    
    FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS
    
    INIT  18/1500Z 39.9N  42.7W   70 KT  80 MPH
     12H  19/0000Z 40.1N  39.9W   60 KT  70 MPH
     24H  19/1200Z 39.9N  37.8W   45 KT  50 MPH
     36H  20/0000Z 40.0N  36.2W   35 KT  40 MPH
     48H  20/1200Z 40.0N  34.3W   35 KT  40 MPH...POST-TROPICAL
     72H  21/1200Z 37.5N  30.0W   30 KT  35 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
     96H  22/1200Z 33.0N  30.0W   30 KT  35 MPH...POST-TROP/REMNT LOW
    120H  23/1200Z...DISSIPATED
    
    $$
    Forecaster Brennan
    
    
    


    Hurricane EDOUARD Wind Speed Probabilities Number 29-Issued at 1500 UTC THU SEP 18 2014
    
    000
    FONT11 KNHC 181435
    PWSAT1
                                                                        
    HURRICANE EDOUARD WIND SPEED PROBABILITIES NUMBER  29               
    NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL062014               
    1500 UTC THU SEP 18 2014                                            
                                                                        
    AT 1500Z THE CENTER OF HURRICANE EDOUARD WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE  
    39.9 NORTH...LONGITUDE 42.7 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           
            12Z THU 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       12Z THU 00Z FRI 12Z FRI 00Z SAT 12Z SAT 12Z SUN 12Z MON
    PERIODS         TO      TO      TO      TO      TO      TO      TO  
                 00Z FRI 12Z FRI 00Z SAT 12Z SAT 12Z SUN 12Z MON 12Z TUE
                                                                        
    FORECAST HOUR    (12)   (24)    (36)    (48)    (72)    (96)   (120)
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 
    LOCATION       KT                                                   
                                                                        
    SANTA CRUZ AZO 34  X   1( 1)   1( 2)   7( 9)  12(21)   2(23)   X(23)
    SANTA CRUZ AZO 50  X   X( X)   X( X)   1( 1)   3( 4)   X( 4)   X( 4)
     
    PONTA DELGADA  34  X   X( X)   X( X)   X( X)   3( 3)   2( 5)   X( 5)
     
    $$                                                                  
    FORECASTER BRENNAN                                                  
    
    


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