As Hurricane Sandy continues to march across the east coast it is important to Sandy_Oct_28_17.50UTCremember the basics on how to get through what has been dubbed “Frankenstorm.”

Here are some tools for making it through the next few days.

Hurricane Checklist: for the oncoming storm

Blackout Checklist: for those who lose power

Winter Storm Checklist: for those who experience winter weather later in the storm

Make sure you include these items in your emergency kit:

Three-day supply of water (one gallon per person, per day), non-perishable food and a can opener
NOAA weather radio (in addition to battery-powered radio)
Plastic bucket, heavy-duty garbage bags, plastic ties and disinfectant and bleach for waste and sanitation
Moist towelettes for personal sanitation
Plastic sheeting, duct tape and utility knife to shelter in place
Fire extinguisher
Rain gear and tent
Matches in a waterproof container
Mess kits, disposable cups/plates/utensils and paper towels
Signal flares
Extra change of warm clothes and extra blanket or sleeping bag
Disposable camera
Heavy work gloves and basic toolkit, including an adjustable wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

Other supplies to consider for a family emergency supply kit:

Special items for children, seniors, or individuals with disabilities (e.g. diapers, hearing aids etc.)
Photos of family members for identification purposes
Emergency reference material, including detailed family preparedness plan

Marlia Fontaine-Weisse is the Content Manager for Preparis.