Hurricane Prepardness

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:

  • Flashlight
  • 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
  • Medication
  • 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
  • Cereal
  • Crackers
  • 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
  • Bread
  • 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?

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Homeschool Supplies

10-things-w-1You might think it would cost an arm and a leg to buy supplies for your homeschool. That is not necessarily the case. You likely have a few items around your house that could be re-purposed. Keep things simple and stick to your budget. Never underestimate dollar stores or other discount stores where you can find some of the best deals!

Now let’s get started on the list.

1. Good electric pencil sharpener. I could not even begin to relate how many inferior sharpeners we have been through.  This is an invaluable product to have. Whether you purchased cheaper pencils or the more pricier brands, a good electric sharpener will be able to get that perfect point.

2. Printer. Having a printer that can scan and has color capabilities is extremely helpful. There are so many free and valuable homeschool resources on the internet.Having the ability to print them for use in instruction is helpful.

3. Laptop/Computer. We base most of our homeschool on resources found on the internet. Even so, the kids do not spend a lot of time sitting on the computer. Be sure to install pop up blockers and teach your kids about internet safety.

4. Simple Storage. I use the word simple because as mothers we tend to over think things at times. Well, at least I know I do. I purchased a few mason jars (picked up from the dollar store) to store pencils, highlighters and pens. I re-purposed a cube storage shelf we already owned and turned it into our homeschool supply area. It’s great because we can store our books and other supplies there.

5. Entertainment. We live in a major city so entertainment is not far. But during school hours we need something that is educational and fun. Netflix (no I wasn’t paid to advertise this)  is great because there are many nature documentaries that go well with our science studies. It’s also fun for the kids after school to watch their favorite cartoon and unwind at the end of the day.

6. Art Supplies. I know you’re probably thinking that this is where we blow the budget. Not the case at all. We bought a few paints, brushes, crayons, markers, construction paper and small poster boards. There are so many things lying around your house that you could use for art supplies.

7. School Supplies. Since my kids were not attending public school this year we saved a ton of money on supplies. A few pencils, scissors, binders and notebooks were all we needed.

8. Dry Erase Board. We have had a lot of fun with the dry erase board. It makes explaining complex subjects and ideas easier. I don’t just use the board for solving problems. It’s also used to write encouraging notes and tips of the day.

9. Teacher Supplies. Again, you do not need a lot of things. Depending on what curriculum you have settled on, you can prepare yourself for what you need. I have found an online planner that lets me keep track of the kids assignments, grading and even print report cards. I have purchased a stapler, paper clips and five subject notebook to further help me keep organized. In a later post I will explain how I use the notebook.

10. Classroom Decorations. We use our dinning room for our main classroom. We have a map of the world, various education posters and inspiration quotes on the walls. Even if there is limited space or you feel like you are not creative, you can still come up with a cozy spot in the house or apartment for your kid(s) to spend their school day. Homeschool is not about sitting in one room for hours. After all that is one of many reasons why we chose to keep our kids out of public school. Field trips, science experiments, family time and lounging on the couch while you complete an assignment is what homeschool is about. But it’s still nice to have an area that is dedicated to a quiet area to study.

Do you homeschool? What supplies have proved to be most useful for your family?