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Hurricane preparedness: How to build an emergency kit

The aftermath of a hurricane can be devastating and leave you and loved ones without basic necessities. Here's a  helpful guide to creating an essential and basic emergency supply kit.

It's recommended you pack these items in weather-proof duffel bags or plastic bins – or a combination of both.

Here's what to pack:

  • Three-day supply of nonperishable food and water. A gallon per person, per day is recommended.
  • Battery-powered radio or NOAA weather radio with tone alert.
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape.
  • Cellphone with chargers and a backup battery.
  • Flashlight, first aid kit and extra batteries in various sizes.
  • Whistle and dust mask.
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties.
  • Manual can opener.

This is just a partial list. For additional preparation information, watch this video on YouTube from the American Red Cross.

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Josie Gulliksen is a freelance writer and major arts advocate and enthusiast who loves everything cultural and is excited to live in such a thriving community as Miami. A Miami native, aside from Miami on the Cheap, she currently writes for Artburst Miami and contributes to Edible South FL and Miami Media Group. She has contributed to, Biscayne Times and Miami New Times. She worked for nearly a decade at Miami Today as Calendar Editor and arts writer and then worked for 13 years in public relations. She has her own blog Scene Around South FL at

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