The First 72 Hours after a hurricane is on you

Published on April 03, 2014 with No Comments

Hurricane season is less than a month away, but there is no such thing as a “true” season.

Officially, the Atlantic hurricane season is from June 1 to November 30, but as the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) notes:”There is nothing magical in these dates, and hurricanes have occurred outside of these six months, but these dates were selected to encompass over 97% of tropical activity.”

When Is the Hurricane Season Most Active?
Again according to the AOML, there’s a “very peaked season from August to October,” which means this period includes:

  • 78% of the tropical storm days
  • 87% of the “minor” hurricane days, and
  • 96% of the “major” hurricane days

And within this peak hurricane season, early to mid-September is the pinnacle.

Every home should have a 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit. Prepare a minimum three-day (72 hour) supply for each person don’t forget the pets.

Although hurricanes are our focus at this time of the year, other events could require evacuation. Brush fires, hazardous material spills, floods, and tornados all have the potential to disrupt our daily activities.

At the minimum, your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit should contain the following.

  • Food – at least enough for three days for every person
  • Water – at least one gallon per day per person (three gallons per person for a three day supply)
  • Blankets/Pillows
  • Cash
  • Cell Phone Car Chargers
  • Clothing – seasonal/rain gear/sturdy shoes
  • First Aid Kit (including medicines and prescription drugs)
  • Flashlight/Batteries
  • Keys – extra set of home and car keys
  • Mosquito Spray
  • Radio – Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
  • Special Items – for babies and the elderly
  • Toiletries (hygiene items/moisture wipes)
  • Toys (books and games)
  • Tools – keep a set with you during the storm
  • Important Documents (in a waterproof container) – insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
  • Pet care items
  • — proper identification/immunization records/medications
  • — ample supply of food and water
  • — a carrier or cage
  • — muzzle and leash
  • Vehicle fuel tanks filled


Gather important documents (birth certificates, insurance policies, health records, mortgages, deeds, titles, financial documents) in one place, ready to take with you. Any documents you may need after a storm or flood should be gathered now and kept in a protected place.

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