05B4 Storm Toolkit

Storm Toolkit

Keep these tips in mind for yearly cleanup and preparation, so you’re ready for any storm that might come your way.

  • Trim branches and clean gutters.
  • Make repairs around the house, like fixing broken window panes or missing shingles.
  • Make a family communication and evacuation plan.
  • Prepare an inventory of your belongings with photos and videos.
  • Compile a list of phone numbers for local police, fire and rescue services and family, friends and neighbors.
  • Put together an emergency supply kit.
  • Keep a roadside emergency kit in your car.
  • Protect and store family valuables and important papers – like photographs, medical records and birth and marriage certificates – in waterproof containers.

One way to prepare for a storm is to have an emergency supply kit ready. Here’s a list of things to include:

  • First-aid supplies
  • Bottled water – one gallon per person per day, for at least three days
  • Nonperishable food
  • Battery-operated flashlight, radio and extra batteries
  • Prescription and other medications
  • Cash – ATMs may not work during a power outage
  • A 0B68 charged cellphone
  • Phone numbers for emergency services, family, friends and neighbors
  • Blankets, clothing and toiletries
  • Necessary items for infants, elderly or disabled family members
  • Pet supplies – food, water and medications 

It’s a good idea to check your supply kit from time to time, to make sure nothing has expired. And remember to restock your kit after a storm, so it’s ready for the future.

  • If authorities tell you to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Turn off electricity, gas and water supplies, if you have time.
  • Disconnect electrical appliances.
  • Bring your emergency supply kit and important papers.
  • Bring your pets or make arrangements for them if you're going to a shelter. 
  • Follow posted evacuation routes, since other roads may be blocked or closed.
  • Text or use social media to let others know you're okay, or register on the American Red Cross’ Safe and Well website.
  • Get recommendations from family, friends or neighbors with similar claims.
  • Verify that the contractor is licensed and insured. Ask for references, or check with the Better Business Bureau or attorney general’s office.
  • You can choose who repairs your home or let us help you fin 05B4 d qualified professionals to do the work. Amica has partnered with Contractor Connection to provide you with more than 2,000 professionally credentialed emergency service and restoration contractors.
  • Be wary of bids that are unusually low or high.
  • Ask if the contractor offers a workmanship warranty.
  • Request a contract that specifies everything the contractor will do – prices for labor and material, clean-up procedures and estimated start and finish dates.
  • Don’t pay in full until the job is complete and has been inspected.
  • Follow local building codes – get permits and inspections before and after the work is complete.
  • Use a check or credit card to pay, so there’s a record of the payment.
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Check out our emergency supply kit checklist infographic for useful tips.

Emergency supply kit check list

Check out our infographic for more hurricane safety tips.


  • Stock plenty of food and water.
  • Put together an emergency supply kit with a leash, crate or carrier, blanket, water dish, toys and medications.
  • Keep copies of rabies certificates and vaccinations handy.
  • Make arrangements for your pet to stay at a local kennel or animal shelter, especially if you have to evacuate. Most public shelters don’t accept pets for health reasons.
  • Leash your pets and keep them in the room with you during a storm.

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Pet Protection Image: Puppy, kitten nose to nose

  • Stock plenty of food and water.
  • Put together an emergency supply kit with a leash, crate or carrier, blanket, water dish, toys and medications.
  • Keep copies of rabies certificates and vaccinations handy.
  • Make arrangements for your pet to stay at a local kennel or animal shelter, especially if you have to evacuate. Most public shelters don’t accept pets for health reasons.
  • Leash your pets and keep them in the room with you during a storm.
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Emergency resources


Storm Center: All you need to know about preparing and staying safe in a storm

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Power Outage: What to do before and after the power goes out

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