Alright, so you’ve arrived here because you are most likely seeing warnings for a hurricane.
Maybe it’s your first time being in a Hurricane and you have absolutely no idea what to do and are in a panic….maybe you’ve been in them before but need a quick refresher course.
We put together this Hurricane Preparedness Checklist to make sure you stay safe during a hurricane.
1) Refill your Prescriptions:
If you’re going to run out of the pills you need to stay healthy within the next weekend or week, go refill these ASAP. You never know how long the storm could last and if you need these supplements to stay healthy, it’s best to get them sooner, rather than later.
2) Gas up!
If you’re in Florida, like many of the readers here, you know that the only thing that’s worse than a Florida gas station just before a big storm is a gas station after a big storm. They get packed quickly. The next time you’re out, be sure to fill up your tank.
Also, if you’ve been putting off any basic car maintenance like getting an oil change or making sure the tires have air in them, do this as well.
3) Stock Up On Basic Things You Need
Before big storms, everyone races to the grocery stores to clear out the aisles. Example: Here are pictures from a Boston Market before a major winter storm
Here are a few of the things you should have extra of:
- Toilet paper
- Bottled Water
- Garbage Bags
- Lady products
- Foods that don’t need to be refrigerated
- Pet food
We recommend always having a supply of food stored for long-term storage as well.
Remember, when the winds are blowing 50mph+ you aren’t going to want to try to go to a grocery store. It’s best to be prepared now.
4) Do NOT Stock Up on Perishable Items
While you may think getting that deal on chicken now is worth it, if your power goes out how are you going to keep it frozen and cook it?
5) Check Your Old Supplies
If you’ve been through a hurricane before, you’re hopefully prepared with some of the basics. Things like making sure your flashlights have charged batteries, you have backup batteries for other things you’ll need.
Be sure to charge everything prior to the hurricane so that you have power on the essentials.
6) Get Some Cash
Make sure you have some cash on hand. Keep bills of low denominations in the case of needing emergency essentials and the credit card machines are down.
7) Grab some Matches or Extra Lighters
The next time you’re at a bar, ask for some matches. They usually have some and it’s always good to have some on hand. When you’re in the grocery store line the next time, be sure to pick up a pack of a few lighters as well to be able to light candles if the power goes out.
8) Clean Up Your Yard and Trim Branches
You don’t want windows getting broken and things flying all around your yard do you? Cleaning out your rain gutters is a good idea as well.
9) Read an Actual Storm Preparedness Guide
Here’s the guide from the National Weather Service. Take notes about what you’ve done already and then do the things you haven’t.
10) Borrow some books
One of the best things to do during a Hurricane is to read. More likely than not, the power will be out so you’ll want some physical books to read. Ask your friends or hit up your local library.
11) Remember that tap water is perfectly safe to drink
One thing that I did to prepare for this recent Hurricane is to get a 7-gallon water container like the one pictured below:
You can clean that out after you buy it and fill it with tap water. The rule of thumb is to store at least one gallon per person per day for at least 3 days (for earthquake preparedness). That’s 2 quarts for drinking and 2 quarts for food preparation and sanitation. A family of four should store a minimum of 12 gallons of water.
One last thing…
Remember to stay informed, but not to be too paranoid.
Your local TV station may still be a little into their ratings so they may be making more of a storm than what it really will be. If you take these precautions, you should be prepared.
Always remember that being prepared can mean the difference between life and death.