Hurricane season is something most people who live along the coast simply dread. While living near the water is a beautiful thing, in this world it could mean that one day you may be faced with impending disaster. Last year my family learned some valuable lessons while prepping and surviving a major hurricane.
Hurricane Harvey hit with such ferocity that even seasoned hurricane veterans were shaken. It was an event none of us will soon forget.
So, what if this is your first time preparing for a Hurricane? Well, there are plenty of websites and resources you can consult for the average things you would need to ride out the storm.
The most important thing is to never procrastinate when it comes to gathering Hurricane supplies. You do not have to buy everything all at once. Buy a few things at a time and keep them stored up in a place where you will not be tempted to dip into snacks or other goodies.
The NOAA ( National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has some very good information on how to prepare for a hurricane.
As far as the purpose of this post, it will be focused more on the basics you will need to help you get through.
Non Food Supplies:
- First Aid Kit
- Contact information for family members – Be sure other family members know your evacuation destination if you must leave. Include your pets in your evacuation plan.
- Essential baby supplies – These include diapers, formula, bottles, wipes, extra clothes, etc.
- Cash – In case ATMs are down or stores do not have electricity.
- Disposable cups, plates, utensils and paper towels.
- Coloring books, puzzles, board games or anything to keep children busy if the electricity goes out.
- Manual can opener
- Important documents – Be sure to secure important documents by placing them in a waterproof/fireproof container.
- Fill your car tank with gas
- Something we learned from other examples during Harvey was that if you own a home keep an ax in your attic in case of severe flooding, so you will not be trapped and can escape to the roof while you await rescue. This is in an extreme situation.
Food Supplies for at least three days:
- Shelf stable milk such as Soy, Coconut or Almond
- Canned or boxed foods such as soups, tuna, salmon, chicken, green beans, beans, corn, noodle soups, etc. Though vegetables taste better heated it is still good to have them in case power goes out.
- Peanut Butter
- Snacks such as cookies, chips, popcorn, salsa, brownies, rice cakes, etc. These foods can help the family deal with anxiety and provide some comfort.
- Granola bars, trail mix or nuts
- Fruits that do not need refrigeration
- Coconut water
- Protein powder for a boost
- Pet Food
- 2 Gallons of water per person
There you have it! These are just a few suggestions if you are at a loss for how to prepare.
If you have lived through a hurricane what are some things you use to get ready?