Hurricanes are just one type of natural disasters that can cause severe havoc and total destruction to any area that it hits. Having a hurricane supply checklist is a must for anyone living in hurricane prone states. A simple list of things to have and do make it really easy for your family to be prepared. Nothing on the hurricane supply checklist is expensive , and everything is easily found at your local grocery or drug store. Basically, the checklist involves items that you need to have inside your house, and several things that you need to do around and to your house. That’s it! i’ll break it down to you below.
Things to do around the house
Making sure that your house is a secure as possible during a hurricane goes a long way in protecting what’s in it, especially if what’s in it is your loved ones.
* Remove all loose items from around the house: such as hanging plants, patio and lawn furniture, lawn mowers, bikes, etc…
* Trim and remove dead trees and branches
* Board up the windows and glass doors: Use plywood or hurricane shutters to put over all your windows and glass doors to keep flying debris from busting them out. You don’t want wind, rain, and debris flying inside your house.
* Store your valuables and important documents in something waterproof containers
* Fill gas tanks: Both in your cars and any extra containers you may have
* Make sure to have extra cash on hand: When the power goes out, you wont be able to use your credit or debit cards for necessities and supplies. Depending on how widespread this crisis is, it may take days or weeks for the power grid to come back up. It may good to know how to barter if things get really bad.
Hurricane Supply Checklist
Below are the must have items to have inside the house before the storm arrives. ( if you’re staying in the house during the storm )
* Food and Water: have plenty of drinkable water on hand. Have food that’s can be easily prepared without the kitchen stove. Most canned food can be eaten directly out of the can or can be heated over a small flame.
* flashlights – batteries ( all sizes ) – battery operated radio – matches – candles – first aid kit – duct tape – garbage bags – can opener – clean clothes – blankets – fire extinguisher – tarps
* Medical and Toiletry Products: soap – prescription drugs – sunscreen – tweezers – bug spray – tape – gauze bandages – bandages – feminine hygiene products – eye wash – deodorant – toothbrush – toothpaste – toilet paper – hydrogen peroxide ( or other antiseptic solution )
Hurricanes and other natural disasters are no joke! Having a hurricane supply checklist is an easy way to make sure that you and your loved ones have the best chance of surviving this emergency situation. Most of these items are easy to find and can be purchased almost anywhere. With hurricane season rapidly approaching, now is the time to get prepared because tomorrow is too late.
The National Hurricane Center offers additional hurricane preparedness information on their website. Here is a link to the website: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php