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Gearing Up on a Budget

Gearing Up on a Budget

Residents spend hundreds of dollars every year purchasing hurricane supplies such as bottled water, gasoline and nonperishable food items. In many cases, people wait until a storm threatens South Florida to make a last-minute rush to local stores to purchase supplies, usually resulting in a large expenditure.

Remember, it's more cost-efficient to build your kits little by little, using what you already have at home whenever possible.


  • Purchase an extra can or box of nonperishable food or other supplies for your hurricane kit during each trip to the grocery store, making use of coupons and sales when available.
  • Store fuel in an approved container, holding five gallons or less, in a cool, dry, ventilated and secure area, away from appliances. Keep it out of the reach of children.
  • Combine resources with family, friends and neighbors to save money buying in bulk, then divide the items up.
  • Fill containers 2/3 full with tap water and keep them in your freezer for ice after a storm.
  • Make bed rolls from your existing comforters and blankets.
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