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American Red Cross offers guidance on hurricane supplies

JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – Family is the top priority when preparing for hurricane season.

Thoughts like, “Do I have enough food, water, and other supplies? going to run through your head, especially if this is your first hurricane season.

Christian Smith of the American Red Cross in northeast Florida says it’s important to start now and buy foods you know you’ll use.

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“If you don’t like spam today, you probably won’t like spam in a disaster,” Smith said. “So it’s really about thinking about what you and your family are going to eat.”

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When it comes to hydration, you’ll need at least a gallon of water per person per day. And the water won’t just be for drinking.

“We recommend filling things like your tub, your sinks so you can flush the toilet and making sure you can keep your space clean,” Smith said.

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A few items needed would be first aid kits, activities for children that are not electronic, papers with food and water for pets, and important documents, like insurance papers.

“Where do you live and who you are are all very important documents that you should have printed with you because even if you have them on an app on your phone, your phone may die. So a hard copy is always preferable,” Smith said.

Also – don’t overpack.

“You want to only take those so you and your family are comfortable,” Smith said.

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Another fun way to get your kids involved while preparing for a storm would be the pillowcase project. Take a pillowcase and ask them to fill it with important objects and things they need. It’s a fun and effective way to help them understand.

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