If you stay: Home disaster kit

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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – If you choose to stay home when a tropical system is approaching and/or after it hits, here are some helpful tips from 10 On Your Side.

  • Watch the latest warnings and advisories on WAVY News 10 and WAVY.com.
  • Go to an interior room away from windows. This area should be determined and prepared before hand.
  • Fill sinks, bathtubs, and buckets full of water for sanitary use. If the power goes out, you may lose your water supply.
  • Fill containers with clean water. Remember, one gallon per person, per day.
  • Do not go out in the brief calm of the storm. The strong winds can pick up sooner than you may expect.
  • Let someone know that you are staying.
  • Fill up a cooler with ice to store food if the power goes out.
  • Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.

Home Disaster Kit:

Water & Food

  • At least one gallon of water per person per day for at least 3-5 days
  • At least a 3-5 day supply of non-perishable food


  • Ready-to-eat canned meat, fruits, vegetables
  • Canned juices, powdered milk, soup
  • Non-perishable high-energy food: nuts, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars
  • Food for infants and elderly persons

Tools & Supplies

  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Hand-crank or battery-operated radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Paper plates, cups and plastic utensils
  • Extra cash or travelers cheques, loose change
  • Manual can opener, utility knife
  • Map of area (for locating shelters or evacuation routes)
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Camera (damage photos)
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys


  • Toilet paper, towelettes, soap, hand sanitizer, liquid detergent, feminine supplies
  • Personal items, plastic garbage bags and disinfectants

Clothing & Bedding

  • Sturdy shoes or work boots
  • Rain gear
  • Hats, work gloves, sunglasses
  • Extra set of clothing
  • Blankets or sleeping bags

Baby Items

  • Formula, diapers, bottles, powdered milk, and medications

Special Items for Adults

  • Prescription and non-prescription medication that are regularly used, denture needs, contact lenses, eye glasses, hearing aid batteries

Important Records

  • Keep copies in a waterproof, portable container
  • Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
  • Passports, Social Security cards, immunization records
  • Bank accounts and credit card numbers
  • Inventory of valuable household goods
  • Family & emergency contact information
  • Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)
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