Over the last few weeks there has been one hurricane (Harvey) that has hit the United States and another that has the southeast US in its sites (Puerto Rico, Florida, South Carolina) Irma.

Should a hurricane hit the Hudson Valley, what items should you have stocked up on? Could the northeast be affected? Here are a few items, that the National Hurricane Center suggests that you keep in a cool dry place, just in case. (Think a milder version of Dooms Day Preppers, but on a not as intense scale):

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:


  • Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

  • Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert

  • Flashlight

  • First aid kit

  • Extra batteries

  • Whistle to signal for help

  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

  • Manual can opener for food

  • Local maps

  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

For more ways to get prepared, in case of impending weather or other disaster, check out ready.gov.