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Hurricane Florence Preparation

Every person and every situation is different; as you prepare and ultimately deal with the storms ahead, make decisions based off your situation and your experience level.

Charge ahead of time

  • All devices that provide light

  • Laptops, tablets, cameras, old phones (old phones can also make emergency calls to 911)


  • Stock up on basic medications, see below for recommendations

  • Refill medical prescriptions- most insurance companies allow up to 2 emergency refills per year

  • Stock up on medications for your pets if they need it

Pack a “Go Bag” in case you need to evacuate **sample list included below

Safeguard important items

  • Place important documents (in plastic sleeves or waterproof bags) and items in a backpack or small file box that is easy to grab.

  • Include your wallet with ID, phone, etc.

  • Use your dishwasher as a safe storage place for any valuable items you have to leave behind –it’s waterproof and secured to cabinets so less risk of damaged items

Have Cash

  • Make sure you have cash on hand if power is out since ATM’s will not work

Identify and prepare your safe place

  • Pick your emergency safe place (ideally a place without windows or doors for additional protection from breaking glass) to store the items you'll need for the brunt of the storm

  • Gather candles, flashlights, lighters, matches, batteries, and other items and keep them in accessible locations

Toss out any expiring food, clean cat litter boxes, empty all trash cans in the house, remove anything that will cause an odor if the A/C is off

Prepare for the wind and water outside

  • Bring in any yard decor, secure anything that will fly around, especially trampolines and patio umbrellas

  • Secure gates, take down flags, bring in hoses, potted plants, bird feeders, etc.

  • Bring in patio furniture and grills

Water for consumption is vital

  • Ensure you have enough water for 3 days for each person and pet in the house. You can fill tubs and sinks with water.

  • Fill Tupperware or plastic freezer bags with water and store in freezer. These will help keep food cold longer and serve as a backup water supply

Be Ready to Evacuate

  • Unpack any coolers you have for easy access in case you need them

  • Fuel up your car and have a spare gas container for your generator or car

  • Put a small suitcase in your car in case you decide to evacuate. Also put at least one jug of water in your car **sample vehicle bag items included below

  • Take a video or photos of your house and contents (including drawers and closets), this will help show proof of items if you need to make a claim later. Be sure to back up videos or photos to an external source in case your phone or camera is damaged.

  • Stock up on pet food and fill up bowls of water for pets

  • Check on all family members in areas to be affected, set up emergency back up plans, and check on elderly neighbors

Before the storm, unplug all electronics. There will be power surges during and after the storm.


Go Bag - recommended items for DIY Egress bag to support you for 24 hours

[note: LSDS provides Egress Bags with the highest quality equipment for crisis scenarios such as these, but you should be able to find most of these basic recommended items around your house already to prepare for this imminent storm):

  • Change of clothes

  • Waterproof jacket

  • First aid kit**

  • Water bottle

  • Water purification system or process (ex: Lifestraw or Iodine tablets)

  • Flashlight or headlamp with fresh batteries

  • Extra batteries

  • Pocket knife and/or multi-purpose tool

  • Watch

  • Matches/lighter

  • Gorilla tape

  • Extra batteries

  • Hand sanitizer

  • High calorie food items that travel well and won’t spoil

  • Backup power source to charge phone in case of extended power outage

  • Medicines to support you for 24 hours

** Medical kit recommended items:

  • Band-Aids (various sizes)

  • Steri strips

  • Tweezers

  • Tylenol (individual packs)

  • Benadryl (individual packs)

  • Ibuprofen (individual packs)

  • Antiseptic wipes (individual packs)

  • Antibiotic ointment (individual packs)

  • Vacuum packed gauze

  • Ace wrap

  • Quikclot sponge to stop bleeding

  • Kiddo medications (the basics if they’re not old enough to take adult versions)

Kiddo Go Bag

(have your child pack their bag with you so that preparation is a family event!)

  • Change of clothes

  • High calorie snack items

  • Water bottle

  • Comfort item such as stuffed animal or blanket to make them feel safe if family is required to relocate

Vehicle-Ready Kit

  • Water

  • First aid kit

  • Jumper cables

  • Tool kit

  • Tow straps

  • Gloves

  • Head lamp

  • Extra batteries

  • Waterproof poncho

  • 36-hour candle

  • MRE or camping meals

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Lighter

  • Ice scraper

  • Life vests for those who do not know how or cannot swim


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