Storm supplies to hunker down with.

Preparing for a severe storm or hurricane should begin before the season even starts. Stocking supplies beforehand not only ensures availability, but also frees you up to focus on other things as a storm approaches. Luckily, most of what you need for your storm preparedness kit can be found at Publix, so you can add a few essentials to your cart each time you go shopping. While this is not a complete list, here are some of the most important items to pick up. (Keep an eye on our BOGO sales; those are great incentives to stock up.)

Water, water, and more water

Water, water, and more water

Water is the first thing that disappears from shelves once a storm threatens, for good reason. It’s the most important supply to have on hand in emergency situations, both for drinking and for sanitation. The rule of thumb is one gallon of water per person per day, for at least three days. And don’t forget your pets! They need the same amount as people.

Nonperishable foods

Nonperishable foods

If you’re without electricity or any way to heat food, nonperishable items are your best bet. Canned goods, crackers, cookies, granola bars, and peanut butter and jelly are good things to include. Make sure to address any special dietary needs for those with diabetes, allergies, or gluten sensitivity. You’ll need at least a three-day supply (more is always better), and don’t forget a manual can opener.

Light the way

Light the way

Lighting is an important safety element during storm situations. You need to be able to see where you’re going, and also spot potential hazards like broken glass or water penetration. Always have plenty of fresh batteries on hand for flashlights and battery-powered lanterns, and a radio for weather information. It’s not recommended to use anything that requires a flame, such as candles, grills, or hurricane lamps.

Pets and baby supplies

Pet and baby supplies

Anxiety and stress can run high during a storm, and anyone who’s ever tried to calm a pet or baby knows that having supplies on hand can help ease those emotions. Babies will need plenty of diapers, wipes, creams, formula, clean clothes, and snacks. Better yet, pack up an old diaper bag with everything you’d normally pack for a trip. Make certain your furbabies have several days worth of food (their regular brand, if possible—they might not eat something new if they’re anxious), toys, leash and collar with tags, and puppy pads or litter.

Take care of yourself

Take care of yourself

Have a first aid kit on hand that’s separate from your everyday first aid kit to ensure it stays stocked. Fill it with things like rubbing alcohol, bandages, antibiotic ointment, tweezers, and other essentials your family might need. Also stock up on feminine supplies, personal hygiene items, and toilet paper. Finally, make sure you have enough prescription and non-prescription medication. Ibuprofen, aspirin, and antihistamines come in handy.

Publix is a part of your community, and we’re here to help you weather the storm. Check out our Storm Basics page for a full list of supplies and other preparations. We’ve also made communication simple, so you can visit this Store Status page to see if your neighborhood Publix is open or closed in the event of an emergency. Stay safe, everyone!