With another hurricane bearing down on the United States, concerns for many Americans have once again turned toward the essentials. Hurricane Florence is expected to become a Category IV storm, and is further expected to make landfall somewhere in the area of North and South Carolina sometime later this week. For those in the path of the storm, many with fresh recollections of widespread power outages and infrastructure damage it took months to repair last year, Florence’s approach brings with it a familiar anxiety. Preparing for what could be a devastating storm is a unique frustration, with some carrying on with business as usual and others preparing for the end of the world. All as a large swath of other Americans are unsure of just how extensive their preparations need to be.

When preparing for a potential disaster, it’s important to let your unique experiences and needs dictate a great deal of your work. If you or members of your family rely on a specific medication, for example, you should ensure you have a plentiful supply in the event a long term power outage prevents you from getting more. If your experience dictates that your basement is prone to flooding, on the other hand, you may want to devote more time and effort to preventing that damage. However, there are some facets of storm preparation that can be seen as general, or fairly universal — and you can use suggestions provided by government agencies like FEMA and Ready.gov to create a baseline for your own, more specialized check lists to work through as you prepare for Florence’s arrival.

Preparing an Emergency Kit

Ready.gov recommends you assemble an emergency kit with the following essential supplies: