Hurricanes are a common weather event during this time of year. It is such an awesome force of nature, and to be honest, a really scary part of nature. So many lives can be lost and property damage is a concern. But, if you plan well, this devastating event can be managed. See how to be prepared for hurricanes during the peak season.
There is a lot of information on the Internet to help you with a hurricane emergency kit. Even Wal-Mart also had some booklets that had lots of information along with products that can help you prepare. It is a scary time, but if you are ready and have a plan in place, you will feel much more at ease.
Be Prepared for Hurricanes During The Peak Season:
Everyone knows how important it is to stay stocked up on non-perishables, bottled water, energy bars, and other foods that don’t require cooking. If you have young babies, make sure you have powdered formula to mix with the bottled water. And don’t forget your pets, having extra food on hand is important for them as well. But have your completely thought about how to totally be prepared for hurricanes?
Here are some other items on the list that you may not think of, but really come in handy.
- Baby wipes! These are a great way to stay fresh when you are without power or running water. They are also a quick way to clean scrapes and cuts if you don’t have a first aid kit available.
- Corded phone with a long phone wire. Even if the power is out, an analog phone line will still work. Have one available that you can plug into an available phone jack. You don’t need a cell tower or power to use it.
- Wooden (eco-friendly) cutlery (or plastic), disposable plates and cups. With no water, dishes cannot be washed and reused. It is inexpensive to stock up on these items. Make sure you have a pack of each for every person in your family. If they aren’t used for hurricanes(or other natural disasters), they can be used for the everyday meals.
- Finger Splint. You can either pre-purchase on to keep in your first aid kit or have several tongue depressors and tape available. Make sure you also have a bandage scissors as well.
- A metal trash can that is a convenient height. If you are in a safe place that doesn’t have a toilet, you may need to utilize this. See point below.
- Trash bags that smell good! If you have a baby with diapers, this is self-explanatory. And if you have adults with bathroom waste, it works as well.
- Deodorant. Again, if you are stuck in close proximity, and you have been sweaty because of the situation, you will appreciate having this.
- A hand crank for power.What happens if your generator isn’t charged or you can’t use it in the space you are in because it isn’t safe for using a generator? Having a hand crank that can power your phone long enough to make an emergency phone call can be a lifesaver.
BONUS TIP: Have a waterproof, fireproof box to keep your important papers in. Have copies of birth certificates, driver’s licenses, medication lists, etc. Place it in your emergency kit, so it will always be with you. When you get to your safe space, toss your medications as well. Make sure each adult and child over 15 has a copy of the key or knows the combination.
Along with your supplies, be sure to have these Important Numbers hand as well. Have them on paper as well as having them programmed into your mobile phones. It is always best to have a backup if your cell phone runs out of charge.
American Red Cross: 1-866-GET-INFO
National Weather Service: 1-850-942-8833
Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222
Something else that is important is to talk about your Emergency Plan: what to do when a storm is coming. Where you should meet, who is responsible for bringing what items to your safe spot, and most importantly, who is responsible for doing a head count.
While it may be a little scary to think about, when you plan to be prepared for hurricanes, you can be ready for whatever Mother Nature throws your way.