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An assortment of emergency supplies is spread across a couch. Bottles of water, snacks, money, a first aid kit, canned food, and toilet paper are spread out in preparation to pack an emergency kit.
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Hurricane Prep

The Complete Emergency Kit Checklist

September 1, 2022

September 1, 2022

You’ve probably seen a few versions of a recommended emergency kit around the internet. We wanted to provide you with a comprehensive, detailed list, so you don’t have to wonder if you’re forgetting something. Check out our Complete Emergency Kit Checklist below and be ready for this hurricane season.

Emergency Kit Checklist

Basic Supplies

- Nonperishable food and water for several days (FEMA recommends 1 gallon of water per person, per day, and at least a 3-day supply of food and water)

- If you have an infant:

        - Infant formula and distilled water

        - Baby food

        - Diapers and baby wipes

        - Diaper cream/powder

        - Infant-safe medications

- First aid kit

- Can opener

- Flashlights and batteries

- Emergency whistles

- Battery or hand-crank powered emergency alert radio

- Cell phone power banks and charging cords

- Cash and change

- Matches in waterproof container

- Fire extinguisher

- Tools and instructions to shut off utilities

- Local maps

- Fuel for your vehicles

- Paper and pencils

- Umbrellas and rain jackets/ponchos

Health and Hygiene

- Clean clothes

- Toothbrushes and toothpaste

- Paper towels, plates, and cups

- Prescription medications and glasses

- Dust masks

- Moist towelettes and toilet paper

- Soap

- Trash bags

Information and Documentation

(Keep these in a waterproof container AND scan them to a cloud-based system)

- Your emergency plans

- Emergency numbers and contact information

- Important documents such as:

        - Insurance policies for your home and vehicle

        - Deeds and ownership documentation for your property

        - Personal identification, like drivers’ licenses, citizenship cards, or passports

        - Marriage certificates

        - Adoption documentation

        - Bank account information

- Prescription medication information

Entertainment and Comfort

- Games, toys, books, puzzles, or other activities for your children and/or yourself

- Blankets

- Pillows

Pet Needs

- Pet food

- Medications

- Ownership and vaccination paperwork

- Microchip information

- Leash, collar, and pet carrier or crate/cage

- Pet-friendly evacuation shelter information

We also want to share what you can do as an adjuster to be prepared for a CAT deployment. Check out our 5 Tips for New Adjusters and 5 Ways to Save Money While on the Road to start. Then, browse our CAT Adjuster Deployment Kit Checklist and prepare ahead of a potential deployment!

CAT Adjuster Deployment Kit Checklist

Before CAT Deployment

- Start-up money (for gas, meals, miscellaneous purchases on deployment)

- Reliable vehicle with recent maintenance

- Up-to-date license information

- Up-to-date firm roster information

- Reliable phone and phone service

- Reliable laptop and adjusting software

- Tools (check out Top 10 Tools Every Adjuster Needs)

- Safety gear (check for wear and tear before deployment)

For CAT Deployment

Basic Supplies

- Water

- Snacks and nonperishable food

- Gloves, masks, and shoe covers

- Rain jacket and waterproof boots

- Travel cash

- Batteries, battery banks, and chargers for your devices (Camera, phone, laptop, and iPad)

- Extra SD cards for your camera

- Wi-Fi hotspot (in case cell service is down)

- Fuel for your vehicle

- Jumper cables and jump box for your vehicle

- Clipboard, notepads, and pencils/pens

- Chalk

Info and Documentation

- Emergency contact information

- Adjusting firm contact information

- Licensing information

Health and Hygiene

- First aid kit

- Prescription medications and glasses

- Toothbrush and toothpaste

- Soap

- Sunscreen and bug spray

- Paper towels, toilet paper, and moist towelettes

- Sunglasses

- Hat

Personal Comfort

- Pillow(s)

- Blanket(s)

- Extra clothes for inspection days

To be best prepared for an emergency, get started on your emergency kit as soon as possible. What items would you add to these lists?

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