Hurricane Preparedness TipsMay 24, 2016
May 23rd – 27th is Hurricane Awareness Week. More hurricanes are finding their way up the east coast. Though there is some debate about the cause of this migration, there are definite and effective ways to prepare for a hurricane. Here are a few hurricane preparedness tips on a basic survival kit and how to maintain your kit once you have it together.
First off, you will want to make a list of what you need or have. This way, you can form a kit for a hurricane or other dangerous weather so you are always prepared. This list has the basics and a few necessary items you may not think of in a crisis:
Basic Survival Kit
- Two day’s worth of food
- Four day’s worth of water
- One tank of gas – You can purchase tank sized gas cans at any farming store (Tractor Supply, Cabela’s, etc.)
- Portable battery and crank-powered radio
- First aid kit and manual
- Items for infants (diapers, medicine, bottles, and baby food)
- Items for pets (food, water, medicine, leash, etc.)
- Space blanket
- Tent large enough for your family
- Important papers (birth certificates, license, etc.)
- Waterproof matches and other fire starters
- Your and your family members’ medications
Items you may not think of:
- Plant identification field guide – This way you can eat what is around you without the risk of getting sick.
- Bag of Doritos – These make wonderful fire starters and are filling in a pinch.
- Extra batteries
- Comfortable shoes
- Sanitation and hygiene items – These will keep you and your family clean and sanitary pads and other feminine products can be used as bandages.
Maintain your kit
Once you have made a kit, it is necessary that you maintain it. Be sure to use the food that is about to pass its expiration date (canned goods, bagged items) and replenish the stock shortly after. The best thing to do is replenish your stock the same day you use it, so you will not forget and be left unexpectantly short on supplies. You may also want to label and date each food item. This will help you keep track of what you have and what you need. Be sure to also rethink your needs every year. Shoe sizes change, dietary needs evolve, and family members can grow. By keeping up with the changes in your life, you will always be ready for what may come.