Shopping list

Buy supplies early. Don’t wait until a storm threatens. Lines will be long and supplies short. Note: The state will NOT have a hurricane tax holiday this year.

HURRICANE KIT

Assemble this now. Put aside in a special box. Keep heat-sensitive items inside home and rotate stock throughout season:

Assistant manager Jorge Vidal stocks up the Publix on Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach before Hurricane Jeanne in 2004.

Assistant manager Jorge Vidal stocks up the Publix on Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach before Hurricane Jeanne in 2004.

  • Flashlights and extra bulbs
  • Clock (wind-up or battery-operated)
  • Battery-operated radio
  • NOAA emergency weather radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Toilet paper
  • Matches (camping stores have waterproof matches)
  • Scissors
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Working fire extinguisher
  • Clean change of clothes, rain gear, sturdy swamp boots
  • Fully charged battery-operated lanterns. Don’t use candles and kerosene lanterns. They are fire hazards.
  • Map of the area
  • List of phone numbers
  • Copy of insurance policy

    FOOD SUPPLIES

    Get enough nonperishable foods now to last two weeks. Then put them in a box and leave them alone. Note: Canned and other prepared foods that are salty or dry or high in fat or protein might make for good provisions, but they’ll also make you thirsty.

  • Water: Enough for 1 gallon of drinking water per person/per day, for one-week minimum. Water for two weeks is ideal. (Also, figure another 1 gallon per person/per day of water for washing hands, flushing toilets and for pets.)
  • Ice or dry ice
  • Shelf-stable milk and juice boxes
  • Canned and powdered milk
  • Beverages (powdered or canned, fruit juices, instant coffee, tea)
  • Raw vegetables that don’t need refrigeration (will last only a few days)
  • Canned vegetables and fruits
  • Dried fruits
  • Prepared foods (canned soups, beef, spaghetti, tuna, chicken, ham, corned beef hash, packaged pudding)
  • Snacks (crackers, cookies, hard candy, unsalted nuts)
  • Snack spreads (peanut butter,cheese spreads, jelly)
  • Cereals
  • Sugar, salt, pepper
  • Bread
  • Dry and canned pet food
    Home Depot on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard in West Palm Beach is ready for shoppers as Tropical Storm Fay approaches in 2008. (Richard Graulich / The Post)

    Home Depot on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard in West Palm Beach is ready for shoppers as Tropical Storm Fay approaches in 2008. (Richard Graulich / The Post)

    HARDWARE

  • Hand tools: hammer, screwdrivers to use now, shovel and pickax for after the storm
  • Power screwdriver
  • Quarter-inch machine screw sockets and screws
  • Plastic sheeting to cover furniture
  • Rope
  • Sturdy working gloves
  • Duct tape to waterproof items; masking tape isn’t strong enough
  • Canvas tarps
  • Sturdy nails

    FIRST-AID KIT

    Drugstores will be mobbed just before a storm and closed for days after. Keep a two-week supply of prescription drugs. Your first-aid kit should include:

  • Medical supplies
  • First-aid handbook
  • Insect repellent sprays
  • Citronella candles, insect bite lotion
  • Petroleum jelly, for relieving itching
  • Ointments for burns, cuts
  • Antiseptic solution
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra over-the-counter medicine (for colds, allergies, cough)
  • Aspirin, acetaminophen, antacid
  • Children’s medicines
  • Diarrhea medication
  • Feminine hygiene items
  • Incontinence supplies
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Iodine
  • Disinfectant
  • Wet wipes
  • Moist towelette packets
  • Medic Alert tags
  • Thermometer
  • Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
  • Cotton-tipped swabs
  • Sterile rolls
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Roller bandages
  • Tweezers
  • Needles
  • Adhesive tape
  • Safety pins
  • Latex gloves

    KITCHEN SUPPLIES

  • Waterless hand sanitizer
  • Manual can opener
  • Water purification tablets
  • Bottle opener
  • Matches in a plastic bag
  • Pocket knife
  • Camp stove or other cooking device and plentyof fuel. (Use only canned fuel indoors — never charcoal or gas. Buy extragas or charcoal to use in well-ventilated space after storm has passed.)
  • Ice chests or coolers
  • Paper plates, napkins
  • Plastic cups, utensils
  • Disposable pans for cooking
  • Plastic bags, jugs or containers for water and ice

    BABY NEEDS

  • Disposable diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Diaper-rash ointment
  • Baby medicines
  • Medicine dropper
  • Extra formula, baby food

    EMERGENCY TOILET

  • Garbage can with tight lid
  • Plastic bags for liners
  • Disinfectant or bleach
  • Deodorizer
  • Extra toilet paper