Are you ready for Hurricane Season?
Hurricane Emergency Disaster Kit
We’re a couple of weeks into the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expects anywhere from 11 to 17 named storms this season. Are you prepared for what is headed our way? You can easily get there with a few supplies and a weatherproof container.
First things first, you’re going to need a container to store all or most of your items. There are several options out there. Look for one a container that’s airtight or weatherproof. Walmart has a 138 qt storage trunk for $26.16.
According to Ready.gov, each Hurricane Preparedness Kit should have a gallon of water per person and pet for 3 days. The water is to be used for drinking and sanitation if necessary. If the time comes that you need water to disinfectant or sanitize, you’ll need a bottle of unscented household bleach. Nine parts water to one part bleach can be used to disinfect.
You’re definitely going to need a stash of food. Ready.gov recommends having enough food for 3 days for both you and your pets. Remember two-three meals a day and snacks. Go for non-perishables such as canned foods, beef jerky, applesauce, fruit cups, granola bars, peanut butter, pop tarts, etc. Check for grocery coupons for savings before you go!
Consider adding tools and household items such as a battery-powered radio, flashlights, extra batteries, garbage bags, a wrench or pliers, manual can opener, matches, candles, a solar cell phone charger, and duct tape. All of these items could be essential if you’re stuck without power for a few days and are easily found at stores like Harbor Freight.
It is essential to keep important documents in your kit as well. Keep cash or cashier’s check on hand in case you need to evacuate or purchase more supplies. Also keep copies of insurance cards, identification cards, and medical records (both yours and your pets.) These items will be necessary if you need to take shelter somewhere other than your home.
If you have young or elderly members of your household, be sure to account for items specific to them. Items such as formula, diapers, and prescription medications.
For extra comfort, you could also include a few sleeping bags and blankets in your kit; as well as plastic cutlery, and paper plates, and paper towels.
For more information on Hurricane season that runs from June 1 until November 30, please visit the National Hurricane Center.
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