Prepare for a Florida hurricane. These aren’t words anyone ever wants to hear, however, in Florida it’s a reality. Whether you’ve lived in Florida for 10 years or 10 days, you’ve experienced our summer weather. It’s typical to have daily afternoon showers. Normally they last a short time and they’re just an inconvenience.  However, Florida’s hurricane season starts heating up in August and September. Are you ready? HUGE KUDOS to you if your answer is YES! If not, spend a few minutes preparing your hurricane kit now to avoid the rush of the panicked last minute shoppers.  This list is not all inclusive but these are a few of the important items to include when you prepare your Florida hurricane kit.

Health and Safety:

  • Flashlight and batteries: 1 per person
  • Candles
  • Liquid soap and hand sanitizer
  • Two week supply of prescription drugs
  • Fire extinguisher (check the expiration date)
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Cleaning supplies: mop, buckets, gloves, etc.
  • First aid kit: bandages, antiseptic, pain relievers, etc.


Food and Drink:

  • Drinking water: one gallon per person per day
  • Propane gas for grill
  • Two coolers for food and ice
  • Manual can opener
  • Plastic or paper tableware and cups
  • Two week supply of non-perishable foods
  • Pet food and supplies
  • Toilet paper and paper towels
  • Wet wipes


And, don’t forget:

  • Fill the car(s) with gas
  • Have cash in case the ATM and credit card networks aren’t working
  • Battery operated radio
  • Portable cell phone charger (fully charged)
  • If sandbags are needed, fill them and use them. When the event is over you can return the sand and keep the bags for future use.


If you’re fortunate enough to have a portable generator make sure you have plenty of gas to keep it running. And, always make sure it works prior to needing to use it. Our generator sat unused for several years so my husband had it serviced last year and it worked perfectly when we used it for a day.

Let’s hope we don’t need to use any of these items this year, however, if we do this should help you  prepare for a Florida hurricane!