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The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30, which means that it’s essential for Tampa, Florida, residents to prepare for serious storms. But do you know which essentials you need in the event of an emergency? Make sure you have these three things in your hurricane emergency kit.

Food and Water

When a hurricane hits the Tampa area, you may lose access to your fridge, microwave, and other kitchen appliances for several days. The Department of Homeland Security recommends having at least three days’ worth of food, including non-perishable foods such as protein bars, granola, nut butters, canned fruits and vegetables, and baby food, if necessary. Remember to have a reserve of bottled water because the local water supply might not be safe to drink for several days. In general, you’ll need about a gallon of water per person per day.

Batteries

Hurricanes and tropical storms frequently cause power outages across cities, towns, and even entire regions. Since it’s impossible to know if you’ll be without power for days or weeks, make sure your hurricane preparedness plan includes stocking up on batteries. Keep a battery-powered radio so that you can tune in to important safety and weather messages, and keep an extra phone battery in your kit so that you can power your smartphone and call for help or communicate with family and friends.

First Aid Kit

No matter how careful you are, accidents happen, especially in stressful situations such as a hurricane or an extreme weather event. Since first responders might not be able to get to you or your family quickly, make sure you have a first aid kit handy for emergencies. Stock it with bandages, gauze, and antiseptic wipes to sanitize and bandage wounds.

Want to make sure you’re completely covered in case the Tampa area experiences a hurricane? Call ServiceMaster Tampa Bay for urgent help with water damage mitigation and professional cleanup: 813-603-2001.

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