How to build your own storm kit

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Amy Brauner, the Executive Director for the American Red Cross in all Eastern counties of South Carolina, says the best time to prepare is before there is a threat.

The main staples in the kit she showed our team were enough non-perishable food for five days, a gallon of water for each day, a flashlight, and important documents.

“Get some extra cash, gas your car up, make sure you have copies of your most important materials,” Brauner advises. “Connect with all of your family members so you have a plan in case something does happen.”


  • Cash (ATMs may not work after the storm)
  • Drinking Water (at least a 7-day supply; 2 gallons per person per day)
  • Prescription Medicine (2-week supply)
  • Two Ice Chests w/Ice (one for ice, one for food)
  • Baby Supplies (diapers, wipes, baby food/formula)
  • Manual Can Opener
  • Flashlights / Lanterns
  • Battery-operated Radio and Clock (TV if available)
  • Spare Batteries (2 spare sets for each device)
  • Toilet Paper and Hygiene Items
  • First Aid Kit
  • Bleach for Sterilization (unscented with Hypochlorite the only active ingredient)
  • Iodine or Water Puri cation Tablets
  • Disposable Plates, Glasses and Utensils
  • Plastic Garbage Bags
  • Disinfectant
  • Soap, Hand Sanitizer and Dish
  • Detergent
  • Insect Repellent and Sunscreen
  • Corded, Nonelectric Phone
  • Digital Camera
  • Books, Magazines, Toys
  • Plastic Sheeting / Tarp
  • Duct or Masking Tape
  • Nails, Rope, Lumber, Tools
  • Rain Gear
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Fuel for Generators and Cars
  • Propane Gas (for grills)
  • Charcoal and Lighter Fluid
  • Waterproof Matches


  • Canned Meat
  • Canned Fruits and Vegetables
  • Canned Soups and Chili
  • Dried Foods
  • Dried Fruits and Nuts
  • Cereal
  • Crackers and Cookies
  • Coffee, Tea or Drink Boxes
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Pudding
  • Powdered Milk
  • Evaporated Milk or Parmalat Milk

Brauner added, it’s important to keep your pet’s needs in mind as well.

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