Hurricane season, the dreaded season, are you prepared?
I’ve added an easy check off list for those of you living in those areas at risk for a hurricane, flood, tornado, or other natural disaster.
As a tip, get a box or container preferably with a sealable lid, keep handy close to your exit, and add the following:
- Water, water, water (1 gallon per person, per day) for drinking and sanitation.
- Food for 1 week (choose items that keep, breads, cereal, canned fish, dehydrated foods, and canned foods – DO NOT forget the can opener!)
- Baby wipes/handi-wipes/antibacterial cleanser
- Toiletries including shampoo, conditioner, soaps, and lotions. Consider dry-shampoo if water is not readily available.
- Paper products such as toilet paper/paper towels
- First aid kit containing gauze, scissors, wound cleanser, band-aids, etc.
- Medications including insulin with ice packs, and portable oxygen tanks to last at least one week. Also carry medication prescriptions for 30 day refills just in case.
- Clothing for 1 week
- Pet items including food, bowls, water. As a tip for cats, use a crate with a small box inside and a trash bag or liner for easy emptying. Nothing worse that kitty feces and urine in your vehicle!
- Blankets, towels, and sheets will be beneficial especially you come across high water areas. You never know if you have to tie each other together. It does happen!
- Fuel, fuel, fuel. People have been known to sit for hours just going a few miles to find safety. Also, fuel will be expensive, and scarce. Some fuel stations will only allow access for 2-3 gallon fill up which will not get you far.
- Money. Expect to need cash, at least $500-1,000 at minimum. Remember, ATMs, credit and debit card use may be limited during your travel to safety.
- Flashlights and batteries, darkness is not a good feeling when the lights go out.
- Cell phone/cell phone charger and any other chargers you might need.
These are just a few on the list of many for safety during a natural disaster. Remember, your home is where your heart is, so do what you need to keep it safe. Sand bags, and a generator may be beneficial for your foods, air conditioning, and electricity if you can’t leave home.
Important! If you, a loved one or friend are on oxygen, in need of a nebulizer, or other plug in device for medical treatments, notify your local power company and inform them. This notification puts them first for getting the power back up and running.
Have a safe trip!