Hurricane Preparedness: Other Items

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. . . That You Might Need in a Hurricane

Hurricane preparedness is really important and can make an enormous difference to not only your own safety but to the safety of your family, loved ones and property. Now we all know that some people are extremely happy to let other people do their thinking . . . I’m not speaking out of turn here . . . I mean the people that don’t have the time or the inclination but do have the money to buy a ready made hurricane disaster kit. I don’t blame them, they’re great and many of them have thought of everything so you don’t have to . . . however, a little like a grocery hamper at Christmas, there’ll probably be a load of stuff in the hurricane disaster kit which you either don’t like or will never use – some people prefer to buy their own hurricane disaster items individually so that they know exactly what they’re getting.

Stuff to Include in a Hurricane Disaster Kit

      • Dynamo radio with built in flash-light – I bet you won’t find one of those in many ready made hurricane disaster kits, but how cool. You’ll be able to see what you’re doing and listen to the latest hurricane weather warnings, and it’ll never run out of power. Yep, that’s a good item to get your hurricane disaster kit started.
      • Swiss Army Knife – I once saw a comedian do a very funny sketch about Swiss army knives . . . conjuring up the image of a whole army attacking the enemy with the corkscrew, but you know what, a Swiss army knife is a very useful piece of kit . . . popular among boy scouts, why not include one in your hurricane disaster kit. You never know what one of those little attachments will be needed.

Told you it was funny!

 

    • Port-A-Pottie – when you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go, but where? In a bucket, not just any old bucket but how about a specially designed crush resistant bucket with a toilet seat, lid and carrying handle. Great for those who don’t have a pot to p!$$ in! One rather worrying aspect is that some of these manufacturers claim that you could use the port-a-pottie to store other things when you’re not using it . . . not sure whether I fancy that much!

I know I know, it’s the wrong type of port-a-pottie and you couldn’t possibly have one of those in your hurricane disaster kit . . . but it’s so funny and I thought you could probably do with a laugh! Ha ha!

 

    • 120 hour candle – you might think that this would be a little unnecessary if you’ve already got a super duper dynamo radio with built in flash-light, but a 120 hour candle can do one thing which your flash-light can’t . . . it can also be used for cooking and heating! Surely that’s two things!
    • Waterproof matches – simple, cheap and very necessary. There’s one thing you can be sure of in a hurricane disaster – wet!
    • Survival shovel tool – along the same lines as a Swiss army knife but much bigger. These things can come in very useful during a hurricane, you can get them which contain a shovel, saw, hammer, hatchet, nail puller and can opener. I bet you were wondering when I’d get around to mentioning a can opener weren’t you?
    • Survival whistle – believe me, after a few hours of shouting to attract attention your voice will be gone and your throat will be sore. Much better to peep on a survival whistle. If you look around you can get the “Swiss army knife” of survival whistles complete with compass, flint starter and signaling mirror. The sound from this whistle travels further than 1 mile . . . not even you can shout that loud, whatever the emergency!

Great video, but I wonder whether you’ll be able to hear it from a mile away . . .

 

  • Gas shut off tool – could just save your life one day, even without a hurricane emergency.  They’re small, they’re light, they’re cheap, they’re easy to use. There’s no reason not to have one in your hurricane disaster emergency kit.
  • Duct tape – I don’t care who you are, what you are or what type of emergency situation you’re facing . . . you’ll be better off if you have a good reel of duct tape at your disposal. You can just do so much with it!
  • Respirator dust mask – make sure that you’ve got one of these for each and every person in your household, plus a couple of spares in case you have visitors when the hurricane strikes.

So are you beginning to get the idea. If you’re the type of person who likes to pick and choose their own items for a hurricane survival kit, then you could do a lot worse than starting with a few of these hand-picked items. Be prepared and be safe.

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