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How much does a hurricane kit cost? What to know as you prepare for Dorian

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Hurricane Dorian is forecast to make landfall in Florida as a major hurricane and if you aren’t prepared, we have compiled a list and breakdown of how much a hurricane kit could cost you.

“Having worked through several hurricanes with Home Depot…it’s an absolute madhouse down here,” said Lee Forbes, assistant store manager of Home Depot in St. Petersburg.

8 On Your Side went to Home Depot and shopped for items recommended to assemble a proper hurricane kit. We used the ‘Emergency Kit Essential’ list compiled by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Home Depot had most of the items on the agency’s list, including water, a flashlight, batteries, a battery-powered/hand-crank radio, a first aid kit and tools as well as sanitation and personal hygiene items. 

Ultimately, the grand total for our hurricane kit came to $179.41.

Here is the full list of items FEMA recommends to build a hurricane kit:

  • Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
  • Flashlight.
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible).
  • Extra batteries.
  • First aid kit.
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items.
  • Multi-purpose tool, like a Swiss Army knife.
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items.
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies).
  • Cell phone with charger.
  • Family and emergency contact information.
  • Extra cash (ATMs might be inoperable).
  • Extra fuel for generator and car.

Forbes also recommends making a post-hurricane kit.

“The second kit is stuff you are going to need after the storm has blown through,” said Forbes.

Forbes suggestions for a post-hurricane kit:

  • Duct tape
  • Work gloves
  • Work glasses
  • Tarp
  • Furring strips and nails
  • Plywood for boarding up windows
  • A generator
  • Extra fuel

8 On Your Side priced the cost for the duct tape, work glasses and gloves and tarp. Our total came to $104.19.


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