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Building an Emergency Kit for Hurricane Season

Any resident of a coastal area can tell you what June 1st means – it’s the beginning of hurricane season. With the date right around the corner, it’s an ideal time to build an emergency survival kit to ensure you’re ready in the event of a hurricane. According to www.ready.gov, here is a list of essential items to include in your kit:

Make sure to monitor expiration dates on canned food and restock as needed. It’s also a good idea to reassess your kit every year, as family’s needs change.

You may already have some of the basic emergency kit items in your home. The key is to make sure they are organized, easy to find, and easy to carry. If you are a Louisiana policyholder, and you need to purchase items, the 2015 Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is Saturday, May 30th and Sunday, May 31st. During this annual holiday, consumers can make tax-free purchases on the first $1,500 of the sales price on a variety of supplies. To view a full list of tax-free items, visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov. Unfortunately, South Carolina doesn’t offer a similar tax holiday.

For additional suggestions to help you prepare for hurricane season, visit the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety website at www.disastersafety.org/hurricane.

NOAA has designed the week of May 24th – May 30th as Hurricane Preparedness Week and urges everyone to use this time to prepare, plan and know your evacuation zone. Visit www.nhc.noaa.gov for more information. While forecasters have predicted a quieter than normal hurricane season in 2015, it’s always important to be ready with a plan and supplies so you’re ready if disaster strikes.