Top 14 Natural Disaster Ready-Tips

HurricaneHurricane 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:

  1. Water, water, water (1 gallon per person, per day) for drinking and sanitation.
  2. Food for 1 week (choose items that keep, breads, cereal, canned fish, dehydrated foods, and canned foods – DO NOT forget the can opener!)
  3. Baby wipes/handi-wipes/antibacterial cleanser
  4. Toiletries including shampoo, conditioner, soaps, and lotions. Consider dry-shampoo if water is not readily available.
  5. Paper products such as toilet paper/paper towels
  6. First aid kit containing gauze, scissors, wound cleanser, band-aids, etc.
  7. 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.
  8. Clothing for 1 week
  9. 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!
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Flashlights and batteries, darkness is not a good feeling when the lights go out.
  14. 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!

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