Travel Safety Tips: Hurricane checklist

Prepare Checklist (credit: NHC)

Prepare Checklist (credit: NHC)

Florida Vacation Guide Hurricane Checklist

Yes, hurricane season is here. It doesn’t stop people from enjoying the beaches and sun, just be prepared.  We’re offering a series of tips for hurricane safety - this is the basic checklist, compiled from our own experiences and recommendations from the National Hurricane Center.


  • battery operated radio with extra new batteries or a hand-crank radio
  • a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert (an NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards can wake you up in the middle of the night to alert you, similar to how a smoke detector works)
  • cell phone fully charged (with charger)


You can always eat items if the storm doesn’t hit, but it may be hard to find things on shelves just before so stock up:

  • water: 1 gallon/person for a minimum of 3 days (this is for both drinking and sanitation purposes)
  • water purification tablets (as a backup)
  • non-perishable food: a 3-day supply
  • eating utensils
  • manual can opener

First Aid/Medicine

  • first aid kit
  • extra prescription medicine


  • flashlight and extra batteries
  • whistle (helps to signal for an emergency)
  • plastic trash bags, moist towelettes & twist ties (for  sanitation purposes)
  • local maps
  • tools, like pliers or wrench to turn off utilities
  • dust mask to filter contaminated air
  • tarp or plastic sheeting and duct tape
  • bug repellent
  • cash
  • important documents

Beyond the basics:

The following are also handy to have:

  • sleeping bag or blanket
  • change of clothing
  • household chlorine bleach (can be used as disinfectant and emergency water treatment – 16 drops per gallon of water)
  • paper cups, dishes and towels for eating
  • paper and pencil
There are more extensive lists and details at the National Hurricane Center and FEMA sites.

Tell us…

What’s on your checklist?