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As of 9/18/17, it’s been over a week now since Irma hit Florida and we still have over 250,000 homes in the dark. Just to remind you, it’s still in the 90’s here during the day and as I write there is another storm ‘Maria’ in the Atlantic ready to strike the Eastern Antilles.
Hurricanes are amazingly powerful storms that do unbelievable amounts of damage in a very short time. The wind can easily take down trees which takes down power poles and lines leaving us in the dark. The rainfall can cause flooding during the storm and even a week or two later as we are seeing with the Withlacoochee River.
The sound of generators, people trudging through flooded homes and dogs taking cover on top of cars to keep from being swept away are still very fresh in our minds. Thorough planning and execution of a disaster plan is essential and necessary to deal with the occasional natural disaster. Here is Florida, we generally have lots of time to prepare which is good for us but begs the question. What do I need for a hurricane.
Here are the top 10 must have items that are required to have on your Hurricane Preparedness Checklist 2017:
- Bottled water – any size you can find (1 gallon/person/day)
- Non-perishable food (canned food is great but have a can opener too, especially if it can be eaten right from the can)
- Way of cooking your food (BBQ grill works great but keep it outside)
- Flashlights and batteries, including (especially) for your phone
- Battery operated radio (to hear weather reports and emergency updates)
- Basic first-aid kit (band-aids, gauze and ointment to fix minor scrapes as well as ibuprofen or aspirin)
- Toilet paper and paper towels or wet-naps
- Insect repellent preferably with DEET (the bugs grow fast after a water borne storm)
- A complete set of important documents (identification, birth certificates, insurance, marriage license, property deeds, vehicle titles and cash) in a waterproof container
- Rain gear (ponchos and boots; forget the umbrella they fly away in a storm)
Keep in mind that most of these items will go fast when the storm is getting close. Three days out of Irma and I couldn’t get bottled water. Water generally is good for a few years so don’t be shy about getting a few extra gallons, you’ll use them in more ways down the road.
Solution to this problem: Save a few milk or water jugs and fill them with water while the water is still flowing.
Store these item on high ground in your home. If they need to be on ground level, get some 5 gallon buckets to seal the items in if they will be destroyed by water exposure. If not, then just put them in a tote together so you can find everything.
This is not an exhaustive hurricane supply list but the bare necessities to get you by when you don’t have a lot of time to get ready.
Feel free to print out the Hurricane Preparedness Checklist 2017 – 10 must have items for future reference.
Stay tuned for a more detailed list and more specific topics and kits to help you get ready for the “Big One”.