THINGS TO DO OR BUY FOR YOUR HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS KIT THAT MOST PEOPLE FORGET
Author | Tracy Doyle
Hang on, hurricane season is NOT over. This may not be what anyone wants to hear, but as a matter of fact, hurricane season started on June 1st and doesn’t conclude until November 30th.
For those who just went through Hurricane Hermine, take a few minutes while everything is fresh on your mind and discuss what you would have done differently if you would have known the extent of the damage it was going to cause. Prepare for the next storm now, and inventory your hurricane kit and make a list of items you depleted and need to replenish. If a generator would have made life easier, consider purchasing one. Try to think of everything.
HERE IS A LIST OF THINGS TO DO OR BUY FOR YOUR HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS KIT THAT MOST PEOPLE FORGET:
1. Fill all your bath tubs with water (You can use this water to flush toilets or clean stuff)
2. Write down the important #s out of your cell phone (In case you don’t have service and have to resort to a landline)
3. Establish a reunification plan. (Designate a location out of state where everyone can meet, a person that everyone can call to say they are ok or someone who can post to your FB page)
4. Fill your propane tanks or buy charcoal and lighter fluid
5. Buy ice (those yeti coolers may be a better investment than I previously thought)
6. Fill up your cars with gas and gas containers for generators
7. Get cash (banks will be closed)
8. Buy more water than you think you will need (suggested quantities per person are included in the attached supply list)
9. Put important papers in a file and keep it with you, include contact info for your insurance policies, health records and vet records
10. Crate your pets, if something happens and you have to leave it is easier to grab a crate than hunt for animals that are freaking out
11. Fill your prescriptions, a minimum of one month supply
12. Buy pet food
13. Buy people food (some things that don’t require cooking)
14. Buy cleaning supplies (with bleach) lots of trash bags
15. Check on your neighbors and elderly people (give them the reunification #)
16. Have flashlights or lanterns or candles & lots of batteries
17. Buy games for the kid’s entertainment & playing cards
18. Charger cubes for your cell phone, be sure you charge the chargers
In reality, this is just a basic list of hurricane preparedness needs. Be sure to check out the more detailed list here.