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Hurricane Prep: What to Put in Your ‘Go Bag’

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Hurricane season starts June 1, but it’s clear and sunny outside. You may not want to think about evacuating amid a deadly storm, but you should be prepared, says a faculty member with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

“With tax-free shopping from June 1 to 7 for hurricane preparation, this is the perfect time to get your ‘go bag’ together,” said Natasha Parks, a family and consumer sciences agent with UF/IFAS Extension Duval County. “You are more likely to forget something if you wait until right before a hurricane hits.”

Parks offers tips on what to include in your “go bag.”

  • Important documents: If you are displaced from your home, proof of identity and ownership will be needed for reentry and in the recovery process.
  • Photo identification
  • Birth certificates
  • Social security cards
  • Immunization records
  • A list of your current medications
  • Insurance and financial information: Homeowner’s insurance, car insurance, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
  • Digital records: Be sure to make a digital back up of photos and video of personal property. Store originals and copies in a waterproof, re-sealable bag or container.
  • Clothing, medication, snacks and water: Pack three to five days of clothes for each person in the household. Include snacks, water and all necessary medications.

For more information, refer to the 2017 UF/IFAS Extension Disaster Handbook, a free guide available at http://disaster.ifas.ufl.edu.

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