Have plenty of disposable dishes after storm

Have plenty of disposable plates, utensils and cups for after the storm in case water is limited for washing dishes.

Prepare to have at least a week's worth of supplies on hand to be comfortable and safe during and immediately after the storm. 

Vital supplies

• Water: at least 1 gallon daily per person

• Food: nonperishable packaged or canned food, juices, dry milk; foods for infants or the elderly; snack foods. Plastic bottles or juice pouches hold up better in ice chests than cardboard juice boxes.

• Formula, diapers and other baby items.

• Medicines, prescription drugs.

• Non-electric can opener.

• First aid kit.

• Cash — Banks and ATMs may not be open or available for extended periods.

• Battery-operated radio or TV.

• Flashlights or lanterns.

• Extra batteries.

• Keys.

• Pet care items — proper identification, immunization records, medications, ample supply of food and water, a carrier or cage, muzzle and leash.

• Important documents — insurance polices, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, important phone numbers, family contacts — all in a waterproof container.

• Fire extinguisher.

Helpful items

• Cooking tools, fuel.

• Disposable plates, utensils and cups.

• Disposable washcloths and towels.

• Blankets and pillows.

• Clothing — seasonal, rain gear, sturdy shoes.

• Toiletries, hygiene items, moisture wipes, sanitizing wipes.

• Toys, books and games.

• Fuel — make sure car is filled; keep extra in proper gas cans.

• Filled propane tanks for grill.

• Ice and ice chest. A plastic one will not sweat onto carpets or floors like Styrofoam ones.

• Matches.

• Non-electric clock.

• Sterno.

• Plastic dropcloth.

• Cellular phone with extra batteries and/or car charger.

• Portable generator.

• Extension cords.

• Tool kit.

• Sunscreen.

• Insect repellent.

• Yard gloves for cleanup.

• Extra chlorine for pools.

• Current credit card and checks in case large expenditures are needed and credit cards aren’t accepted.

• Trash bags.

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