What do I need to have on hand in case of a storm? (summer or winter)

Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have

begun or will begin within 24 hours. People in a

warning area should take precautions immediately.

Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon

per person per day

Food—at least a 3-day supply of nonperishable,

easy-to-prepare food


Battery-powered or hand-crank radio

(NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)

Extra batteries

First aid kit

Medications (7-day supply) and medical

items (hearing aids with extra batteries,

glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)

Multi-purpose tool

Sanitation and personal hygiene items

Copies of personal documents

(medication list and pertinent medical

information, proof of address, deed/lease

to home, passports, birth certificates,

insurance policies)

Cell phone with chargers

Family and emergency contact


Extra cash

Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby

food, diapers)

Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food,

carrier, bowl)

Tools/supplies for securing your home

Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty

litter to make walkways and steps less


Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots

and extra blankets and warm clothing for

all household members

Ample alternate heating methods such as

fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning