posted on Oct, 27 2012 @ 01:02 PM
I know everybody gets tired of seeing lists but for our friends who haven't been through the hurricane scenario here it is again.
Remember ,with lower category hurricanes, wind and rain aren't the big problem for the most part.
Flooding and failure to prepare for no water or power is the primary issue in the aftermath of a low power hurricane.
Stuff to do/ get
Water. Minimum one gallon per person per day just for drinking.
Plain bleach will purify water at 3-5 drops per quart it is safe but no bleach with colorsafe, dyes or smells added.
3 drops for clear and up to five drops for cloudy after filtering.
Canned and pre-cooked foods. TWO WEEKS OF CANNED FOOD PER PERSON is not an unreasonable number. Get stuff you won't mind eating cold, right out of
(pet food too)
Alternative cooking sources like a grill, gas, charcoal, wood
TAMPONS- believe me gentlemen, you don't want your wife to be out of those during n extended non electricity situation.
hand sanitizer -I perfer soap and water but if the water's cut off or contaminated it's good to have
gas -fill up those cars
gas -fill up those cans if you have them,
Gas stations took 4 days to open after Ike and I'm over a hundred miles from the coast. Some places can take a week or more. Electricity took a week
and a half as well.
Have something to pass the time that doesn't require technology. Books, puzzles, board games, birth control..
Some big blue tarps or a wide roll of plastic is always good to have in case of emergencies.
Chain saw serviced, sharpened and fuel/oil
don't mix that oil in the fuel yet. You might need that extra gallon to get your car to the gas station if your generator running neighbors siphon
your fuel tank in the wee hours of the morning. It happens a lot when there is no other fuel source.
Gloves, gloves, gloves
Hammer, nails (how are you going to charge all of those cordless tools with no power?
As AuntB said, Take care of your family, friends or neighbors who may be invalid or elderly before the storm hits.
GET CASH NOW. ATM's are not operated on batteries.
Make sure your INSURANCE is up to date and paid. Not kidding here. Lots of folks find out too late that the insurance lapsed just "a few days"
before the disaster struck.