Any meds that are vital for you or family/pets should be stocked up. Important papers, money, insurance info, irreplacable photos, etc. in ziplock
Having been through many hurricanes, I find it invaluable to have a written hurricane response plan; We rarely follow it to the letter, however it
keeps us from forgetting something vital, and allows us to document the little changes that we make.
I like the Sidewinder
cell phone charger (although it doesn't support
some newer cell phones) and the Baygen SW/AM/FM hand-crank
radio. Both of these give you something
to do when the power is out, and you're waiting for the storm. We've had a BayGen for about 10 years, and it's taken some hard knocks and
provided lighting, info and entertainment through many storms.
A good quality water filter is important, even if you've stocked up lots of water and steralized it. I'm pretty fond of the
Berkey Water Filter System
, however they take up more space than smaller filters, if bugging out is a strong
probability for your situation. I like having a couple of these small Polar Pure
well. Making your potable water safe is a very personal strategy, depending upon your situation.
A good supply of strong garbage bags -- multifunctional item. and......... along those lines, people often forget the basics -- t.p. inside a
Hand tools -- axe, saw, shovel, hammers, fasteners.
Personal hygiene can really suffer when your normal systems are out. Bleach for steralization. What might be a simple injury in normal times can
become life-threatening in the aftermath of a disaster. IMO, most first aid kits have too much of the small bandaid type stuff and not enough of
the things that can really matter, such as iodine, QuikClot
, compression bandages, duct tape,
etc. Nothing replaces first aid knowledge; a good first aid book can certainly help.
I like to keep at least a couple rolls of 3mil or thicker plastic sheeting (visqueen), duct tape, and fiberglass screening. A decent tent can be a
Godsend, if your home is badly damaged.