hurricane_1Hurricane Irene is headed toward some of the most popular beaches on the East Coast–the beaches where we were planning on spending the day Sunday. Instead of packing up our kosher cooler for a day at the beach, we have packed up a Disaster Survival Kit and are staying home.

Do you know what goes into a Disaster Survival Kit? The National Hurricane Center website has the information you need to keep your family safe during severe weather conditions: Develop a Family Plan, Create a Disaster Supply Kit, Have a Place to Go, Secure your Home, and Have a Pet Plan. Something that can’t be ignored is evacuation. If you have been instructed to do so, do it without any hesitation! Also, if you have elderly relatives or single friends, give them a call and make sure they have a plan in place.

What should you put in a Disaster Supply Kit? Once again, the National Hurricane Center comes to the rescue. I have included the below list I found online at

Water- at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days

Food-at least enough for 3 to 7 days
— non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
— foods for infants or the elderly
— snack foods
— non-electric can opener
— cooking tools / fuel
— paper plates / plastic utensils

Blankets/Pillows, etc.

Clothing- seasonal/rain gear/sturdy shoes

First Aid Kit/Medicines/Prescription Drugs

Special Items-for babies and the elderly

Toiletries/Hygiene items / Moisture wipes


Radio-Battery operated and NOAA weather radio

Telephones-Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set. Text messages use less battery power and suggested during a power outage.

Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards-Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods


Toys, Books and Games

Important documents – in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag
— insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.

Tools-keep a set with you during the storm

Pet care items
— proper identification / immunization records/medications
— ample supply of food and water
— a carrier or cage
— muzzle and leash

Are you prepared for Hurricane Irene? Have you made a Disaster Supply Kit?