Hurricane preparedness is a must for those who live in areas prone to these violent storms. You don’t want to end up with out the proper hurricane supplies and waiting for help to arrive. Here are 10 hurricane preparation supplies you don’t want to be caught with out.
Eton American Red Cross Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio – One of the most important things during a hurricane is to stay informed. This radio broadcasts weather updates via the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that will be specified to your local frequency. However it is not enough to just receive hurricane updates. An AM/FM radio is also essential in staying up to date on local news and instructions that the local authorities might announce. This radio comes complete with an LED light and a cell phone charger. Should you find yourself in serious trouble the radio also has a siren and flashing emergency lights to aid in your rescue. It is powered by batteries, AC adaptor, and a hand crank that you will need should you lose power. Eton will donate $0.65 from the purchase of this radio to the American Red Cross and the radio costs about $50.
Koolatron Dynamo 3-LED Emergency Light – Instead of stocking up on lots of batteries you might run out of during a prolonged power outage, you should have a crank light handy. This Koolatron crank light uses a minute of hand cranking for 30 minutes of light and the LED light bulbs last a long time. As a general rule, you should have one flashlight per person in your household. The Koolatron flashlight costs $20.
Nuwick 120 Hour Emergency Candle – If you need more prolonged light, just enough to see with, this Nuwick candle lasts for 120 hours. It comes with removable wicks so you can add more if you need more light, or replace wicks that have burned down. The candle is made of FDA approved food-grade wax and comes packaged in a tin can. The candles costs between $10 and $20 and a separate stove is available place over top of the flame for emergency cooking. Just make sure you have the matches or lighter to go with it.
Otterbox 3250 Waterproof Case – Compile all essential documents and money that you might need and put them in this container. Social Security cards, insurance information, medical records, prescriptions, pet information, cash, and credit cards all need to be kept safe. The Otterbox container is about $23 (Dicks Sporting Goods) and has been tested to water depths of 100 meters for water-tightness. With interior dimensions of 7.5in X 3.6in X 2.2in you can even throw in your car or house keys and cell phone in case of an emergency.
Ozark Trails 5 Gallon Fold-a-Carrier Water Container – As a rule, you will need to stock 1 gallon of water per person, per day, and you should be prepared for about 3 to 6 days. This water container is collapsible, making it easy to take to an available water source if you don’t have water and can get to some. It is available at Wal-Mart for less than $10.
Katadyn Micropur Purification Tablets – If you can’t get to any clean water or you can’t use your stove to boil any then you need to have some way to purify it. Use one of these tablets for every quart of water and it will kill viruses and bacteria using chlorine dioxide. The Environmental Protection Agency says they meet the test standards for microbiological water purification. They come 30 tablets to a package for $12 at an outdoor supplier.
Emergency Ready Emergency Thermal Blanket – This mylar blanket by Emergency Ready looks like foil but is essential to keeping you and your family warm. If it is cool outside or you have been exposed to low temperature water for a long period of time then you will need to be mindful of your body temperature. They come in a 4 pack for about $5.
Be Red Cross Ready First Aid Kit – Especially if you are in a remote area you will need to be prepared to deal with minor injuries. This Red Cross kit contains 73 pieces from bandages, gauze, sanitizers, antibiotic ointment, and pain killers. It also contains items you might need outside of a medical emergency, such as scissors and tweezers. This kit costs $15 and you can get them from the Red Cross website, local branch, or drugstore. They also make a big family sized pack that costs $25 and contains over 100 pieces.
Leatherman Squirt S4 Multi-tool with Scissors – This has everything you might need in an emergency situation: scissors, knife, screwdrivers, tweezers, and opener. It is made of stainless steel and aluminum. The cost is $40 and is available at most outdoor stores.
Red Cross LED Glow Stick – This one product combines many features that you will need in a dire hurricane emergency. Should you find yourself stranded, this glow stick will last 200 hours and has an emergency flasher, flashlight, and whistle that will make you easier to locate for the emergency authorities or separated family members. At only $4.95 you should have one per family member and they are available at the Red Cross website or local branch.
Even if you are not ordered to evacuate there is still a possibility that you will incur major damage, power outtages, and water problems. Do not take hurricane season lightly. Staying prepared will help you make it through and make recovering after a hurricane easier.