By Elizabeth Dubos
Disclaimer: I am not an expert on hurricanes, however, I have lived through and endured numerous hurricanes, so I wanted to utilize my experiences to help others get better prepared.
Hurricane season starts on June 1st and ends on November 30th. Hurricanes are a type of storm called a tropical cyclone. Hurricanes are designated by category; The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Model determines how great the hurricane will be based on its maximum sustained winds. The category rating is 1 to 5; therefore, the higher the category rating, the more dangerous the hurricane could be. Hurricanes are a destructive force of nature because a hurricane’s high winds and flooding can incur severe property damage. Life can throw a lot of hurdles, so it’s easy to forget to plan for hurricanes. You might have eaten all your non-perishables, forgot to buy more flashlight batteries, or forgot to call-in to the pharmacy extra medication to ensure you don’t run out. Here is a list of items to purchase before a hurricane strikes your location. Remember, it’s always better to be prepared.
If you would like to receive factual and recent hurricane information, please visit the National Hurricane Center’s website. https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
1. Flashlight or lantern with extra batteries.
2. Nonperishable Food. Canned meats, canned vegetables, peanut butter & jelly, soup, juice boxes, cereal, granola bars, applesauce, or energy bars.
3. Paper plates, reusable utensils, napkins, plastic cups, non-electric can opener, and paper towels.
4. Water jugs. Try to purchase at least four – five jugs one-gallon jugs.
5. Pet supplies. Extra pet food, kennels/cages, medical records/microchip, leash, tags, or medications.
6. A radio with extra batteries.
7. Garbage and Ziplock bags.
8. Toilet paper, wipes, and diapers.
9. Fill up your vehicle’s gas tank or charge your electric car.
10. Extra propane tank or charcoal if you have a grill, so you can grill food.
12. A tub plug to hold water if you have a bathtub.
13. Blankets, pillows, sheets, and towels.
14. Ice cooler or waterproof container.
15. Tools. A wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
16. Tarps, sandbags, and rope.
17. A generator.
18. Hiking shirts, pants, and shoes.
20. Toys, books, and games.
21. A portable cell phone power bank to charge the necessities.
22. A signal flare to call for help in case of emergencies.
23. A compass. A compass can be purchased from Target, Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, or Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Orienteering-Compass-Backpacking-Navigation-Professional/dp/B087WXMQG6?ref_=s9_apbd_obs_hd_bw_bEqi1r&pf_rd_r=PHH9F9XW29ZC285WHSV2&pf_rd_p=e91a7979-3b53-58b3-8f85-9f361270f51f&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-10&pf_rd_t=BROWSE&pf_rd_i=219431011
24. Extra feminine products.
25. Pre-safety plan. I.e. where to go in your home in case of tornado.
26. An emergency backup plan in case you get separated from loved ones.
27. Print maps of the area. This comes in handy when if your phone or tablet’s batteries dies.
28. Extra cash.
29. Copies of personal documents (proof of address, passports, birth certificate, medical insurance cards, lease to home, or medication list.)
30. A first aid kit filled with antibiotic spray/cream, Band-Aids, latex free gloves, tweezers, gauze, medical tape, aspirin, and scissors. Or you can purchase a ready-to-go first aid kit on Amazon.
Edited by Princess Berry