Hurricane Preparation Hints

Published Friday, August 26, 2011 1:46 PM

My apologies to those now evacuating and those who are bearing down for the arrival of Hurricane Irene in their city. Living in Florida, I know that it is extremely important to have some sort of disaster kit handy when preparing for the worst. 

For those who do not reside in Hurricane Irene's path, it is best to have these items purchased and prepared in advance of any warning, as stores will sell out quickly once a storm forms in the Gulf.

More than likely, this list is not all inclusive, as I have never personally been affected by a hurricane. I have, however, been concerned every year with the possibility, and since I have small children, did some research on how to be as prepared as possible.

If you have been through this, please feel free to leave comments that will help make this more helpful to others.

-Have on hand one gallon of water PER PERSON, PER DAY for anywhere from 3 days to a week, longer if you have the means;

-Have non-perishable and canned foods available for the entire household for up to 7 days. This includes, but is not limited to: baby food, canned vegetables & fruits, canned meats (chicken; tuna); beans; tomatoes, etc. You can also buy juice that does not require refrigeration after opening. Snacks are ok too, such as nuts, pretzels, fruit, etc.

-Have charcoal/grill handy to cook food for the first hours after power fails but prior to refrigerated/frozen food spoiling. Placing food in a large cooler on ice can prolong the life of your goods, but of course, won't last the duration if it's more than one day.

-Plenty of blankets, pillows for staying in emergency shelters or over at friends, neighbors homes.

-First Aid Kit 

-Medicines for pain

-Prescription drugs (if you are in a projected storm path, refill these if they are less than a week's supply)

-Any special items needs for babies; small children; elderly or disabled persons should be considered in advance. Research the internet for more information.

-Have plenty of hygiene items on hand, such as wipes, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, lotion, feminine products, etc

-Flashlights with plenty of spare batteries & a battery operated radio for the latest updates. Do not plan on having internet access, phone service, television service or cell phone service. 

-Cash and credit cards to last for a week. ATM's and banks may not be operable for days.

-Keys to vehicle

-Toys and games to play with children (no electronic devices are available during this time. We mean board games).

-Books to read to pass the time.

-Keep important documents like marriage license, birth certificates, passports, bank checks, insurance cards, medical records, social security cards, insurance policies, copies of wills, etc. in an waterproof container to take with you upon evacuation.

-Tools for repairing and removing debris.

-Have a full tank of gas, prior to the arrival of the hurricane. Most will rush to buy gas at the last minute, resulting in unusually long lines and depletion of gas supply at locally popular gas stations.

-ID, medical records, medication, leash & cage for your pet(s). Keep in mind that pets might not be permitted to stay in emergency shelters with their families.

by parker
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