Having basic supplies stocked and ready for emergencies or in hurricane-prone areas is indeed a responsible and proactive approach for restaurants. By being prepared, restaurants can ensure the safety and well-being of their employees and customers during and after a hurricane. Additionally, sharing surplus supplies with others who may be more severely impacted or with employees in need is a compassionate and community-oriented gesture.

Here are some essential supplies that restaurants in hurricane-prone areas should consider having in stock:

The links below will allow you to quickly see some options on Amazon and other vendors.

Some Basics:

  • Sandbags –Sandbags are an effective way to deflect water and help protect structures from flooding. Use these sandbags at entrances/exits stacked at least 2 bags high.

Sandbags on Amazon – Click Here

The Sandbag Store – Click Here for more options and prefilled sandbags.

  • Tarps – Have enough tarps in multiple sizes available to cover rooftop equipment and building openings if leaks are discovered after the storm. Plastic sheeting is also good to have on hand if you need to cover small items or if need to cut it to a certain size.

Tarps on Amazon – Click Here

Plastic sheeting on Amazon- Click Here

  • Dehumidifiers– Have at least one dehumidifier per restaurant. They are easy to move around to help with an impacted restaurant.

In general, these can also be used to support you during regular issues with HVAC systems to reduce humidity and strain, temporarily increasing comfort levels and reducing power consumption.

Dehumidifier on Amazon – Click Here

  • Generators – Have a portable generator ready to go before a storm to temporarily power dehumidifiers, fans and small power tools to support your restaurant cleanup and re-opening.

Generators on Amazon – Click Here

CO Detectors on Amazon – Click Here

Never operate a Generator inside the restaurant. Even with a door open, the risk of carbon monoxide or fire is too great. Don’t chance it! Keep Generators outside in a well-ventilated area, at least 6 feet from the building, in a secure area with the exhaust facing away from the restaurant. CLICK HERE to learn more about generator safety.

  • Duct Tape – 5 + rolls per restaurant can help secure things in advance and make temporary repairs after.
    • Tape around all 4 sides of freezers and refrigerators to better keep in the cold in event of power loss.
    • Secure drive thru menu boards and respective canopies
    • Help secure tarps, make minor temporary repairs, etc. afterwards.
    • And much more

Duct Tape on Amazon – Click Here

  • Flashlights – Flashlights can be an essential tool for checking restaurants when power is out. Things you might look for are leaks, damage or standing water. Use a flashlight to safely walk about the restaurant when there is no power or natural light to avoid employees injuring themselves.

Flashlights on Amazon – Click Here

  • Batteries – Purchase a variety pack of batteries for flashlights and other portable devices that may be needed during a power outage. Store these items in a cool dry place to ensure their life span.

Batteries on Amazon – Click Here

  • Zip Ties – A variation of different sized zip ties could aid in assisting with hurricane prep or temporarily fixing a broken item until it’s repaired or replaced and further preventing more damage.

Zip Ties on Amazon – Click Here

Disclaimers and Other Resources

This list of supplies recommended for restaurant hurricane preparedness is intended as a general guide and reference. It is based on information gathered from a variety of resources including our experience onsite after events and more. However, the recommendations provided may not cover all possible situations or specific needs.

Please note that while we strive to keep the information up-to-date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the list of supplies provided for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.

In addition, certain resources might not be available in your local area, and availability of certain supplies can vary greatly depending on a number of factors including local demand, supply chain issues, and the specific characteristics of an ongoing or approaching hurricane.  It is obviously recommended you check supplies and restock before hurricane season.

Always consult with local government agencies, emergency management authorities, and professionals in disaster preparedness for personalized advice that takes into account your unique circumstances, location, needs, and capabilities.

Prepare yourself in accordance with local laws and regulations. Be mindful of the potential environmental impact of your choices and strive to minimize waste where possible.

In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from reliance on this information.

This list does not replace the advice and direction of professional emergency management and public health agencies. Always follow local advisories, warnings, and directions from official sources during any weather emergency.