As Irma approached Collier County, North Collier Fire asked the community to create a 72-hour “Go Kit”. It’s been a week since Irma hit but restoring or creating a 72-hour “Go Kit” is as important today as it was hours before the storm.

While there is no direct threat on the horizon today, Irma displayed the importance of preparation. Nearly two weeks after the storm, many are struggling without power, food and water. It’s important to continue to be ready; we are in hurricane season until November.

Here are items that can help you with a 72-hour kit that can save you and your family’s life.

Prescriptions (2-week supply)

Medications (over the counter)

Water (3-day supply, 1-2 gallons per person per day)

Non-perishable food (3-day supply)

Battery Powered fans (multiple)


Fill up with gas

Gas cans

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Valuables (papers, SS card, credit card, legal papers, jewelry, copies of bills proving you live there)

Radio (Battery powered, AM/FM capability, and a NOAA weather radio with tone alert

Lights (flash lights, candles, lighters)


Phone chargers (battery powered)

Baby food/clothing/medication (if applicable)

Pets/food/water/crates for shelters

Family Photos

Travel size toiletries

First Aid kit

Whistle with a neck cord

Change of clothes

Pocket knife

Dust mask

Local maps

Can opener


Fire extinguisher

Ply wood or screws for storm shutters