23 Items to Add to Your Storm Ready Shopping List

Updated April 2021

Storm Supply Shopping List USAA Community.jpgYou never know when a natural disaster might strike, so it's important to be prepared. I have never been happier to have supplies on hand when in 2010 my active duty husband was ordered to fly a jet to safety in another state leaving me in command of preparing our home for a big storm solo! It was nice to have a dedicated space where I knew we had window coverings, and all other emergency items -it made this daunting task a little less scary.


A large part of being prepared includes having some helpful supplies on hand. Here is a list to get you started, as you think about what storm supplies and items might be helpful in the case you and your family are affected by a natural disaster.


Emergency preparation supply list suggestions:


High Dollar Items:

  • Portable generators
  • Emergency ladders
  • Hurricane shutters

Safety Devices:

  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke detectors


  • Radios - portable self-powered (including battery operated) - includes two-way and weather band radios
  • Batteries, single or multipack (AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6 volt or 9 volt)
  • Mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers

Food Related:

  • Can openers - nonelectric
  • Coolers and ice chests for food storage – nonelectric
  • Ice products - reusable and artificial
  • Water (1 gallon per person, per day)


  • Axes, hatchets, hammer
  • Fuel containers
  • Ground anchor systems and tie-down kits
  • Light sources - portable self-powered (including battery operated)
    • Candles, flashlights and lanterns
  • Tarps and other plastic sheeting
  • Storm Shutters or plywood

Self-care items:

  • Antibacterial hand sanitizer
  • Soap
  • Spray and wipes
  • First aid kits

Even though most Americans live in areas that have been affected by weather-related emergencies, the majority of us aren't prepared to deal with a natural disaster. Hopefully the list above will help you get a good start.


For additional ways you can prepare for natural disasters, visit USAA.com/help.


What do you make sure to stock up on when preparing for a natural disaster or storm? Please share in the comments.




Source: Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday April 24-26



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This is really helpful!

Briana Hartzell USAA

Hi @Alanyalee 

I am so glad you found the list helpful and thanks for taking the time to comment! Have a great day!

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Thank you for taking the time to post. In order to properly address your comment I have moved it to the Support Banking board. Thank you.

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@Fed Up with This, I regret your frustration. USAA has processed all ACH stimulus payments/EIPs we have received at this time. If USAA receives additional ACH payments, we will continue to process them on a daily basis. Separately, the U.S. Treasury has started to issue checks on a weekly basis, and these should start to be received early January by some members for deposit into their accounts.

The IRS has made USAA and other banks aware of some known issues in receiving the stimulus payments:

  • If a member used a third-party tax preparation service, such as H&R Block, Turbo Tax, etc., had their taxes prepared, and had their tax preparation fees deducted from their refund due, the second stimulus payment may have been sent to tax preparers’ bank. 
  • The IRS may have issued paper checks/payment cards for members who previously received direct deposit.
  • For updates and more information, please visit to www.irs.gov/coronavirus/second-eip-faqs.


In the meantime, I'm forwarding your comments regarding this matter to the appropriate area. - Ben