Store Food, Water and Personal Items
Before severe weather hits, be sure to stock up on water and non-perishable foods. Storm flooding and tidal surges can contaminate the local water supply. After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, for example, the tap water in some neighborhoods was undrinkable for weeks.
Stock enough food and water to last you and your family a minimum of three days. Keep one gallon of water on hand per person, per day, to last at least three days. A family of four should store 12 gallons of water. Purchase non-perishable food items like peanut butter, energy bars and canned goods.
In case you are unable to get to a store after a storm, be prepared with personal care items, too, including toilet paper, soap, feminine hygiene products and cleansing wipes. Also stock up on prescription drugs, baby food, diapers, pet food and kitty litter, if needed.