Are you ready for a hurricane or other natural disaster? How ready? If the worst happened, how long would you and your family be alright? Would you have enough clean drinking water or food? We scanned the web to create a list of supplies to help you and your family prepare for mother nature’s worst.
Clean Drinking Water - FEMA recommends that you have a supply equaling roughly one gallon of water per person per day for at least a three day period. This way you’ll have enough water for drinking and sanitation as needed.
Food - At least a three day supply of non-perishable food is recommended. Many non-perishable food items come in can form so don’t forget a manual can opener in your survival kit!
Radio - A battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather radio with tone alert will keep you informed of the storm’s progression and relief efforts in your area. Make sure you have extra batteries on hand as well.
Flashlight - Often homes will suffer from power outages during a natural disaster. Make sure you have a backup flashlight in your survival kit with extra batteries. Avoid using candles for additional light during this time. They can be a fire hazard and an unnecessary risk during this trying time.
Dust Masks - During a hurricane your house may suffer damage that could cause the air to become contaminated. A supply of dust masks can help you to keep your family healthy if the air should become hard to breathe.
Duct Tape - A true wonder, duct tape can be used for almost anything! Use it with plastic sheeting to seal windows, doors and air vents if you are unable to make it to a shelter. Use it to fix a broken flashlight. Is a water jug leaking? Duct tape can be used as a temporary patch and a 1001 other things.
First Aid Kit -
We wish we could tell you that you’ll be fine, but a natural disaster can cause some of the worst kinds of damage imaginable and someone could get hurt. Better to be prepared with an extensive first aid kit. We recommend visiting the FEMA site www.ready.gov/basic-disaster-supplies-kit
for a complete listing of all the items you need in this kit. Also emergency reference material such as a book on first aid techniques may be helpful in case of an injury during this time.
Important to Remember! While you probably don’t keep you prescription medication, glasses or contact solution in your disaster preparedness kit, it will be important to remember when it comes time to take cover! Make sure these are with you when you seek shelter, you don’t want to be searching the house for them later when it may be dangerous to do so.
Sanitary Items - Got a family of five? You could be stuck for a while with no running water. And it could get messy. Keep moist towelettes, garbage bags, plastic ties and hand sanitizer on hand during an emergency for personal sanitation. Do you have a baby? Don’t forget the diapers!
Emergency Whistle - An emergency whistle can be nice to have to signal for help when relief efforts come through your area or to signal to surrounding persons that you are in danger.
Wrench - Natural disasters may cause structural damage to your home and appliances. In fact, natural gas leaks and explosions are responsible for many fires that follow disasters. Make sure you have a wrench or pair of pliers so you can manually shut off natural gas coming into the home.
Cell Phone & Charger - You may want to consider a prepaid cell phone with a charger so that you can signal for help in case of an emergency. Inverter or solar chargers will allow you to charge your phone in the event of a power outage.
Fire Extinguisher - As always, keeping a fire extinguisher close at hand is a smart idea in case of electrical or natural gas fire.
For a complete list of FEMA recommended supplies for a natural disaster preparedness visit: www.ready.gov/basic-disaster-supplies-kit