2024 Hurricane Season Preparedness

June 1st marks the start of hurricane season and preparing is vital for Floridians. Preparations when the storm is upon us can include filling sandbags, boarding up windows, checking insurance coverage, refilling medications, and the oh-so-stressful grocery store run. But did you know that there are things you can do to prepare at the start of the season? Creating a stock of shelf-stable foods and emergency supplies can help to reduce the stress around storm season. 

Listed below are common food items that are generally shelf-stable and require little to no cooking. Keep in mind any dietary restrictions or specifications that must be followed, like reduced sodium, fat, or sugar. Canned and shelf-stable foods generally have preservatives in them that increase the sodium content. Additionally, we have listed tools and supplies to consider keeping on hand for cooking and food preparation and other items for general preparedness. 

Dry Food/Snacks:

  • Crackers/Chips
  • Protein Bars
  • Pre-packaged snacks
  • Bread (loafs, bagels, english muffins, etc.)
  • Dried fruits
  • Nuts
  • Trail mix
  • Granola and fruit bars
  • Hard candies- can be used to help curb thirst when water supply is running low

Canned Food:

  • Soup
  • Tuna
  • Chicken
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Broth
  • Beans
  • Powdered milk (requires extra water)

Cooking Supplies:

  • Fire starter
  • Bowls and plates
  • Microwave or camp stove
  • Plastic bags or tupperware


  • Non-electric can opener
  • Utensils
  • Pocket Knife
  • Water

Helpful tips: 

  • Freeze water bottles. These can act as ice packs for your cold items to keep them stable for longer. When the bottles thaw, you now have more fresh water available. 
  • Keep disposable plates, bowls, cups, and utensils on hand to reduce the need for water for dishes.
  • Pack a supply of personal hygiene products like toilet paper, wipes, sanitizer, waterless wash, and feminine hygiene products/diapers. 
  • Check the expiration dates on first aid kits and resupply as needed. Important items to have include: tourniquets, gauze, bandaids, alcohol prep pads, antibiotic ointment, tweezers, BleedStop or QuikClot, and gloves. 
  • Keep at least one month’s supply of prescription medications on hand. 
  • Keep candles and flashlights with back-up batteries (in water-tight bags) readily available if you lose power. 

Remember to stay up-to-date on weather and disaster updates as we enter this 5-6 month storm season. This hurricane season is projected to be a busy one. Follow us on Facebook @DialySuites for any updates on clinic closures and other pertinent information. As always, stay safe and healthy. 

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