HURRICANE IRMA: Here is a list of items for a last-minute preparation kit

by: Debbie Lord, Cox Media Group National Content Desk Updated:

As Irma churns across the Atlantic as a powerful Category 5 hurricane, the time to prepare is now. 

Severe Weather Team 2 will have continuing coverage as the storm develops.

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Here are a few items you can put together to make a last-minute hurricane preparation kit.

  • One gallon of water per person per day
  • A flashlight and extra batteries
  • A three-day supply of non-perishable food – canned goods such as tuna, beans, and soup; peanut butter, bread, honey, energy bars, cereal, etc
  • Paper products like paper plates, paper towels, and toilet paper; also plastic forks and knives
  • A map of the area you live in or where you intend to evacuate to – GPS may be out,  roads may be blocked and you may need to find alternative routes
  • A manual can opener
  • A first aid kit
  • Some wet wipes
  • A pair of pliers or wrench to turn off utilities
  • A whistle to signal for help
  • A hand-crank or battery-operated radio 


We're tracking the timing of the rain and storms on Channel 2 Action News throughout the day. 

[Hurricane Irma now a Category 5 storm with maximum winds of 180 mph]


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