Since the media had everyone watching a potential hurricane this week (including the oil companies) it is advisable to put your hurricane preparedness plan into action now when the supplies are easily available at the store. Each person should go over the list to individualize it to their needs. Here is an example of a hurricane preparedness list.
PREPARING YOUR HOME
Keep trees trimmed at all times in preparation for unpredictable weather. Probably the most important thing you can do in preparation for a hurricane is protect your windows and doors. It is so vital to put up shutters. Whether they are commercial, store bought or plywood, it is vital to get them on the windows and doors prior to a hurricane.
Also remove anything that is outside and bring it in. Things such are yard decorations, chairs, tables, umbrellas should all be brought in. If you have an outdoor living space, you should pack up and remove everything that you can. Anything left outside becomes a potential projectile.
Make sure you fill up your vehicles with gas prior to the hurricane. It is wise to do this several days in advance since the closer the hurricane gets, the more likely the gas stations will run out of gas. The same goes for cash. Get your necessary cash a few days ahead of time.
- Non-perishable foods (soups, canned food and vegetables, breads and crackers, snacks)
Juice boxes and bottled water
- Ice chests, water, water jugs
- Camping stove; propane; charcoal
- Disposable plates, utensils, napkins
- Storage bags
- Toilet paper, paper towels
- Diapers, wipes, formula, bottles, ointments
- Prescriptions, copies of prescriptions and over the counter meds
- Toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, deodorant
- Clothing, blankets, pillows, sleeping bags
- First aid kit
- Bug repellant
- Eyeglasses, contact, hearing aids and batteries
- Pet supplies, food, litter, pet carrier, medications
- Cash, credit cards
- List of phone number of family and friends
- Important Documents, insurance policies
- Smartphones, Photos, videos, cameras, film, memory cards, batteries
- Battery powered radio
- Extension cords
- Pliers, wrenches, screwdrivers
So start now and be prepared. The last thing anyone wants or needs is a natural disaster or storm tbut none of us have control over mother nature. Hurricane preparedness is a responsibility to yourself and your family. Most of the items will last for many years to come. Important – don’t dispose of plywood shutters after the season. Place them in the garage or attic for future years (so many times I’ve seen the plywood from windows at curb for garbage. So much money wasted.) Go ahead and add to this list below in the comment section.