Southcom Hurricane Survival Kit

I still think this is the best compilation out there.

  • Bottled water ( 1 gallon per day per person) for 14 days
  • Manual can opener*
  • Non-perishable foods:*
  • Canned meat, fish, fruit and vegetables
  • Bread in moisture proof packaging
  • Cookies, candy, dried fruit
  • Canned soups, & milk
  • Powdered or single serve drinks
  • Cereal bars
  • Package condiments
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Instant coffee & tea
  • Flashlight (1 per person) *
  • Portable battery powered lanterns
  • Glass enclosed candles
  • Battery powered radio or TV
  • Battery operated alarm clock
  • Extra batteries, including hearing aids
  • Ice chest and ice
  • First Aid Kit-including aspirin, antibiotic cream, and antacids
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sun screen (45 SPF recommended)
  • Waterproof matches/butane lighter
  • Money (At least $200 in cash, small bills)
  • Plain bleach or water purification tablets
  • Disposable plates, glasses, and Utensils
  • Maps of the area with landmarks on it
  • Sterno
  • Portable camp stove or grill
  • Stove fuel or charcoal, lighter fluid
  • Disposable eating utensils, plates & cups
  • Napkins & paper towels
  • Aluminum foil
  • Oven mitts
  • Lighters, matches, BBQ Lighters (long reach so you do not get burned)
  • Prescriptions ( 1month supply)*
  • Photo copies of prescriptions*
  • Toilet paper
  • Entertainment: books, magazines, card games etc*
  • Soap and detergent
  • Toiletries*
  • Bedding: pillows, sleeping bag*
  • Clothing for a few days*
  • Rain ponchos, and work gloves
  • Extra glasses or contact lenses


  • Babies  Disposable diapers*
  • Babies Formula, food and medication*
  • Photo copies of prescriptions
  • Photo identification*
  • Proof of occupancy of residence (utility bills)
  • Medical history or information
  • Waterproof container for document storage
  • Back-up disks of your home computer files
  • Camera & film

Pet Supplies

  • Dry & canned food for two weeks
  • Water (1/2 gallon per day)
  • Litter box supplies
  • Traveling Cage

Other Necessities:

  • Tools: hammer, wrenches, screw drivers, nails, saw
  • Trash bags (lots of them)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Plastic drop cloth
  • Mosquito netting
  • ABC rated fire extinguisher
  • Masking or duct tape
  • Outdoor extension cords
  • Spray paint to identify your home if necessary
  • One of your home phones (many people lost theirs during Andrew, even though their phone service still worked)

And, of course, weapons and ammunition!

4 Replies to “Southcom Hurricane Survival Kit”

  1. An item to note about the home phones, it is strongly recommended to have an old fashion non-electronic phone available.

    The older phones drew their electricity directly from the phone line. Without electrical service to the house, the phone would still work.

    We keep one or two tucked away in a cabinet just for power outrages.


  2. After our hurricanes in ’04, the only service that worked was the old phone. It was like when the Beverly Hillbillies heard the doorbell – “what’s that ringing sound”? We forgot we had an old princess phone in a spare room.

    Ever since then, we kept the landline and the matching old phones.



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