posted on Jun, 1 2005 @ 11:39 AM
Knowing that quite a few of us are in (and were in) Florida last year, and went through our share of major hurricanes then...and that today is the
first official day of Hurricane season, felt it prudent to share what we learned...
The following are the supplies and tips I found to be the most useful. Please feel free to add yours....
IMPORTANT HURRICANE SUPPLIES
Canned and Dry Foods – ones needing only to be heated, or even not heated at all to be edible, also those Not requiring refridgeration.
Canned and Dry Pet Food – can’t forget to feed the family friends
Water – lots and lots of it. It’s a good idea to have a few gallons purchased, but as a storm nears, fill lots of additional containers
with it. Also, fill up tubs and sinks, to use that water for washing, should City water supplies become contaminated. Put the additional containers
in the freezer and fridge, as it serves a dual purpose of keeping the water cold (as ice) and helping to make the contents of the fridge and freezer
last longer if you lose power. If you have a hot water heater, turn it off when the storm is about to hit. This can be an extra supply of around 20
gallons or so.
Sterno, Charcoal – will make eating canned food a lot more pleasant than cold spaghettios… Sterno is available in most sporting goods,
discount stores. Be sure to have plenty of matches, lighters, etc.
Water Tabs – to purify water, available at most discount stores (Wal-Mart, Target), and hunting or camping stores. Good to have in a
Duct Tape and Plastic – not just for terrorists anymore! This is great for sealing up broken windows after the storm passes, keeping out
insects, etc. It can also help maintain a seal for flooding, torrential rain, etc. around doors and windows. Large lawn trash bags make good plastic
in a pinch.
Electrician Tape – ideal for windows, as it comes off more easily than masking tape or duct tape, and without the residue that those can
leave. Remember, the tape isn’t to keep it from breaking, it’s to make less glass fly around if it does.
Wood – if you can’t plywood over windows, and don’t have storm shutters, even a few planks can sometimes be the difference, and keep
large debris from smashing open a window. Put up what you can.
A Radio with Batteries – or preferably a portable battery powered tv. This way, you can keep track of the storm as power is likely to go at
the worst time, when the storm is about to hit.
Diversions – board games, cards, handheld video games, whatever, just some activities to keep you from being completely bored when the power
is out for hours on end.
Light – flashlights are great, have a lot, and with good batteries. Oil lanterns are best though, for long hours without power, last longer,
shine brighter for room purposes, etc.
Baby Supplies – if you have a baby, have plenty of food, diapers, etc.
Insurance Info – it is extremely important (if a homeowner) that you have all the documentation you need in case your home is damaged,
concerning your policy. Keep it in a waterproof container or Ziploc bag, etc. Also keep some spraypaint on hand so that you can put your company and
Policy number, name, on your house for drive by assessments (you’ll get your money quicker).
Place to stay – be sure to know that if you have to evacuate, there are friends, family, or shelters you can go to. Going to a shelter has
it’s own supplies to bring, but food, water, and diversions are paramount.
Yard Items - make sure to scour your yard for ANYTHING that could possibly be picked up by the wind and smash your windows. Items like lawn
chairs, small grills, etc. If you have a pool, a quick solution may be to put waterproof lawn items in the pool until the storm passes. Do NOT drain
your pool, the water works as a great cushion and protector.
[edit on 1-6-2005 by Gazrok]