Hurricane Preparedness: Home Survival Kits

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 15:  A case of bottl...

Image by Getty Images via @daylife

Be Prepared

Home Survival Kits are an essential part of your hurricane preparedness planning. You can either buy a ready made survival kit (there are lots to choose from, some of them offering the essentials, some of them offering a little more luxury) or you can make your own. Remember that you will need enough supplies in your hurricane home survival kit for every member of the family . . . either one each or a big one to share . . . it’s a bit like planning a picnic.

Essential Items For Your Home Hurricane Survival Kit

  • Water – allow a minimum of 1 gallon per person, per day, for anywhere between 3 and 7 days
  • Food – 3 meals per day, per person for 3 to 7 days. That’s a minimum of 9 meals per person, but the more you have in stock the better. Remember that you need to have non-perishable food in your hurricane survival kit, stuff which you can keep in stock for as long as is necessary – non-perishable canned or packaged food and juices, snack foods (energy bars!), cooking tools and the right fuel, paper plates and plastic cutlery, can opener (of the non electric variety), special food requirements for the elderly or for infants. Food which is ready to eat straight from the can is perfect but can be quite bulky, dried food is good too, and doesn’t take up quite so much space in your hurricane survival kit.
  • Blankets & Pillows – you might as well be as comfortable as possible whilst you’re riding out the hurricane
  • Clothes – remember, it’ll be wet . . . raincoats, sturdy shoes and boots, that sort of thing.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Prescription drugs and medicines.
  • Toiletries – there’s no need to be a stinker just because you’re in survival mode. You all need to be sweet smelling if you’re stuck together for days on end without a means of escape!
  • Flashlight with plenty of batteries.
  • Radio with plenty of batteries – keep one ear on the NOAA weather radio.
  • Cell phone with charged batteries – remember you could be without power for some time.
  • Cash – you never know how long it will be before the ATM’s are working, have some small bills and change available to tide you over.
  • Toys, games and books to keep the kids (and yourself) amused.
  • Tools – keep some handy in case you have to do any running repairs.
  • Important documents – it’s important that these are kept in a waterproof bag or container, you know the sort of things which need to be kept safe; medical records, social security card, bank account details, insurance details, signed photo of Donny Osmond!
  • Pets items – if you’ve got any pets that is. Food, water (they’ll need their own supply), medications, leash etc.

Kitty litter!! Hadn’t thought of that but you’d better add it to your shopping list . . . . I wonder if that’s what’s included in the “Deluxe” Hurricane Disaster Survival Kits!


Enhanced by Zemanta

Powered by Yahoo! Answers