It is hurricane season here in Southwest Florida and I don’t know about all of you but I like to be prepared for whatever may happen. Here are 12 things you should have prepared in the event of a hurricane.
My general rule of thumb concerning how much water to have on hand in the event of a hurricane is one gallon of water per person per day. I prefer to have enough for at least five days however, I’m always glued to the weather channel to see the size of the storm and the anticipated impact it may have. You can never have too much water on hand in the event of an emergency.
Fill up your car with gas prior to the storm and get any additional gas you may need for generators. Even when the storm passes, it may take a while for gas to be available again so keep that in mind when filling up.
In the event of a power outage due to a storm, stores will not be able to charge your credit cards so make sure you have enough cash on hand for various purchases.
4. Canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
Canned foods are quick and easy and perfect in the event of a power outage. If you don’t have a generator, cooking and refrigerating meals is no longer an option unless you have an array of camping equipment like me.
I have a combination of flashlights and candles on hand and packed in the event of a storm. I charge all rechargeable batteries for my flashlights and I make sure to have lighters on hand for candles.
6. Extra Batteries and battery-operated radio
If a power outage occurs, batteries and a battery-operated radio may be the only thing keeping you informed of the storm and current conditions.
7. First Aid Kit
Prior to a storm, make sure your first aid kit is fully stocked with antibiotic ointments, gauze, band-aids, antibiotic wipes, and dressings. You want to be fully prepared for an injury that may occur in the event of a storm.
8. Essential Medicines
Prior to a storm, make sure you pick up all prescription medications you may need and stock up on non-prescription medications.
9. High Energy Foods
Foods such as nuts and protein bars are packed with energy and can be the perfect snack for high energy activities such as storm cleanup.
I make sure propane tanks for my grill are full and I have smaller propane cans on hand for me to cook foods with the camping equipment I have on hand.
11. Pet Supplies
Our pets are family too and we want to make sure we are thinking about them when preparing for a storm. I keep extra water on hand and stock up on dry pet food. I have a zoo at my home so it takes a lot of additional time to prep for my animals needs.
12. Board games and books
You may find yourself spending a lot of time in close quarters and indoors in the event of a hurricane so it’s nice to be prepared with things to do. I always have a few books on hand in the event that I’m without power and stuck indoors.