Red Cross: Gather these items for emergency kit before storm

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Though the exact track of Hurricane Joaquin remains highly uncertain, emergency officials are reminding you to be ready just in case.

In fact, many communities along the shore should prepare for flooding even before Joaquin hits.

"People living in communities threatened by heavy rains or the potential path of Joaquin should keep informed about weather conditions and get prepared now," said Judge Rene Cardwell Hughes, CEO, Eastern Pennsylvania Region of the American Red Cross.


    -Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
    -Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
    -Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
    -Extra batteries
    -First aid kit
    -Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
    -Multi-purpose tool
    -Sanitation and personal hygiene items
    -Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
    -Cell phone with chargers
    -Family and emergency contact information
    -Extra cash
    -Emergency blanket
    -Map(s) of the area


    -Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
    -Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
    -Games and activities for children
    -Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
    -Two-way radios
    -Extra set of car keys and house keys
    -Manual can opener


    -N95 or surgical masks
    -Rain gear
    -Work gloves
    -Tools/supplies for securing your home
    -Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
    -Plastic sheeting
    -Duct tape
    -Household liquid bleach
    -Entertainment items
    -Blankets or sleeping bags
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