Millions have Mandatory Evacuations this week with Hurricane Dorian already hitting the Bahamas! With prime Hurricane season upon us, my husband and I have been talking about needing to start prepping ourselves, ahead of time, just in case! It’s better to be prepared BEFORE anything is even projected to head your way because stores sell out of your needed items quickly. Waiting in those lines also takes away from being able to prep your home better!! We will cover a little of all of this today in what you need in your Hurricane Kit whether you are sticking through the hurricane or leaving! If there is a Mandatory Evacuation, get out!! Hurricane season lasts through November!
Your Hurricane Kit should include:
- Water Jugs and Bottles – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation.
- Food – Include Food that does not need to be refrigerated, non perishable. If you loose power, you will still need to eat! Get at least a three-day supply of food.
- Manual can opener for food
- Paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
- First aid kit
- Medications you are prescribed and include some Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers
- Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream, food and snacks
- Pet food and extra water for your pet
- Extra batteries
- Extra Fuel for car and generator
- Whistle to signal for help
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Cell phone Battery Operated Chargers
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
- Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
Once you take a look at this list of items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets, seniors, babies, etc!
Other Things to consider, whether you stick through the storm or leave:
- Let your Neighbors know if you are leaving or staying
- Prep Your Yard. Maintain your trees, brush, and yard decorations. Make sure there isn’t anything that could destroy your home.
- Cut and Measure your window covers so they are easier and faster to place up when a hurricane is close!
- Prep your home! Cover windows, place sandbags, get valuable off the ground inside in case of flooding.
If you have to Evacuate:
- Know your routes out before hand! You will need to leave immediately at that point!
- Take your pets with you. If you can’t, DON’T leave your pets tied up to anything! If it floods, they need to be able to get to higher ground.
- Pack to go with you:
- Snacks, less stops with heavy traffic when everyone is leaving at once.
- Your driver’s license
- The deed to your house
- Proof of insurance
- Medical records
- Social security cards
- A list of personal contacts
We hope that everyone stays safe and smart this Hurricane Season!!
Did we forget anything in our kits?? Let us know and we will add it in!!
See Also: Prepare for Hurricane Season
Some of the Resources from this article are from: http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit