If you are about to get hit by a Hurricane are you prepared? Do you have enough plywood to board up your windows? Often the local lumber companies will be sold out. In fact if you wait till the last minute Home Depot will be out too. Do you own a portable generator? No? Get one. Do you have enough fuel to keep it powered up? If you wait too long the gas stations will be closed and after the Hurricane the power may not be turned back on for up to two-weeks based on the damage. If you’re talking about a direct hit Category III or IV it is entirely possible it will be at least that long.
So what do you really need? You will need water first off. Fill up your bathtubs and any containers you have before the hurricane. Figure about 15 gallons per day per person. You can get by on 6-8 gallons if you need to, but 15 comfortably. Next you will need food. Remember with the energy out those foods needing refrigeration will spoil in a few days, so you need ready to eat type foods. Perhaps freeze, as much of your water as you can, ice is always a superior after a Hurricane.
If you have babies you will need to be ready with those special needs and foods. Pets are also serious issues, as they will rely on you for a lot of things, permitting them to go hunt food for themselves may cause serious hygiene issues and bacteria from broken sewer lines and debris floating in the nearby flooded waters.
In the event of cuts you may need rubbing alcohol, bandaids and a basic first aid kit. It is also wise to have mosquitoes repellant as the Mosquitoes will multiply fast in these weeks as stagnant water aids them. Chlorine may also be used to clean water. Rubber Gloves are also essential.
Besides your portable generator you’ll need some extra Duracell batteries, transistor radio, lighter, extra propane for cooking and a full tank of gas in your vehicle. Consider this, better safe than sorry.