Florida is prime storm territory and being prepared can make all the difference. Here are some ideas to help you with your hurricane preparedness.
When hurricane season begins (even though there may be no named storms) part of “being prepared” means creating an emergency supply inventory. There are lots of items you can gather or purchase before there is a threat. Think about the things that are not easy to find when there IS an actual storm approaching. Items include things like canned and packaged non perishable foods, batteries, flashlights, and any other high demand items that are snapped up as soon as the spaghetti models start showing up on the news. Start early and you’ll have no problem creating your emergency inventory.
Food: Canned and packaged non-perishable food items should make up the bulk of your emergency food supply. The best part is, if canned goods are not your thing in everyday life, you can donate the goods after hurricane season when many organizations do food drives. We found these “emergency food supply kits” on Amazon, and have seen versions available at stores like Walmart too.
Pro Tip: Paper plates, napkins, cups, and cutlery are also a great thing to have in your emergency supply for easy clean up during a long power outage.
Water: In general, if you drink soda, have soda. If you drink tea, make tea. But you will still want to have some plain drinking water on hand for your emergency supply. If there is a water pressure loss or boil advisory during a power outage, you’ll need safe water for making food, brushing teeth, drinking, pets, etc. We read it’s recommended to have one gallon of water per person for every day, and most places recommend at least a 3-day supply.
PRO TIP: 5 gallon water bottles make it easier to store a water supply for family-sized needs.
When it comes to non-perishable and storm-friendly foods, there’s a lot more than Spam to choose from these days. But yeah, there’s still Spam. If you have a grill, camping recipes are a great source for better-than-beans-in-a-can hurricane cuisine.
Print out important contacts – Your phones may not work in the storm. Your phones may get damaged or you may lose power and have no way to charge them. Print or write out any contact information for family, friends, doctors, veterinarians, banks, etc. or other information you may need a hard copy of.
Refill prescriptions – Storm damage can effect supply times. If a storm is approaching, get any low/necessary prescriptions filled.
Fill the tank – Fill the car, but please NEVER fill any unapproved gas containers.
Charge the phones… and the laptops, the tablets, the headphones, the power cells, etc.
Games and activities – Waiting out the storm and being without power can be long and boring. Board games, cards, puzzles, and crafts are ways to pass the time with no electricity required.
Don’t forget the pets – Food, water, meds, snacks, and know where your nearest pet-friendly emergency shelter is.
Freeze some water – Freezing a few gallon bags of water can help keep the fridge cool or be used in a cooler should you lose power.
When gathering supplies take what you need, but remember there are others in need too.
Wishing you an uneventful, safe, and Storm Ready hurricane season!