Hurricane season is just around the corner and you will want to make sure you are fully prepared if one of this storms should hit in your area. A hurricane can be as big as 600 miles across with damaging winds between 75-200 mph. and being prepared is very important, plan ahead and stock up on the essentials you need during and after a hurricane makes landfall in your town. You may have to spend several hours or days in your storm shelter, so being prepared is a better way to keep your family safe during this time.
A battery-operated radio and plenty of extra batteries in your storm shelter will allow you to keep up with any updated weather reports and information about the storm. Your radio should be tested often to make sure it is in full working order.
A flashlight is needed so if any power you may have in your shelter goes out, you and your family is not left in the dark. Be sure to have enough extra batteries for your flashlight to last at least 3-7 days.
Stocking non-perishable foods and several gallons of drinking water in your place of safety is very important. Food and water is very essential to anyone’s survival. As mentioned earlier, there is no telling how many hours or days you may have to spend in this shelter. If you have children that may need any type of special food, be sure to have that stocked as well. If you have any pets, stocking up on their type of food is great as well.
Having a variety of tools available is another important essential. When stocking your shelter, make room for tools such as screwdriver, duct tape, hammer, nails, a tarp, etc. These tools may be needed to repair any damage the storm may cause your shelter.
Medical supplies may be needed during your stay in the shelter. Having a first-aid kit available will allow you to tend to any wounds that may occur. This is a great place to store any special medications you may be taking. In addition, you will have access to bandages, antiseptic, gauze, personal products and more. Using a first-aid can hold you over until you can see a professional doctor.
Documents and Important Papers
Place any important documents in a water-proof container. Papers such as insurance documents, birth certificates, telephone and address book, driver’s license, social security cards, etc. If these papers are left behind they can be hard to replace.
Basic Household Items
While riding out the storm in your shelter some household items may be needed. Items such as garbage bags, can opener, cell phone charger, matches, fire extinguisher, extension cord, cooler, etc.
Personal Hygiene Items
Toothpaste, deodorant, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, diapers, extra clothing, port-a-potty, etc. These are very important items to have when waiting for the storm to calm. Most or all of these items will be needed on a daily basis.
Activities for Children
If you have children, having a few games in the shelter with you is a great way to keep them calm and keep their minds off of the storm. Coloring books and crayons, puzzles, books, dolls, action figures, special blanket and stuffed animals will work, just as long as it gives your child something to do so they won’t worry as much while spending time in your place of safety.
Linens and Things
Having plenty of blankets, sheets and pillows is very important as well. There may be some temperature changes in the shelter and you will want to keep warm and dry. You can never have too many of these items, you never know when you might need them.
Being prepared before the storm allows you to focus on more important things such as getting everyone to safety. Even if you think a hurricane will never hit landfall in your area, always be ready, the weather can be very unpredictable.