Regardless of where you live in the US, or for that matter the world, chances are good that you’re in at least some danger of experiencing a disastrous weather event.
In eastern coastal areas such as Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia or the Carolinas, hurricanes are the major issue. In the plains areas, tornadoes strike fear in the heart of citizens. Floods, wildfires, heat waves, droughts and lightning plague other areas.
Today we’re going to talk about how to prep for summer storms and disasters.
Regardless of the type of disaster that you’re preparing for, there are some staples that you need to stockpile in advance. Have these on hand at all times and rotate them to keep them fresh.
- Water. Enough for at least 1 gallon per person per day.
- Non-Perishable Food. Canned goods, dried meats, instant coffee and creamer, instant milk, granola bars and whatever else your family (and pet) likes. Store a variety and make it nutritious and energy-packed.
- Plastic Cutlery, Paper Towels, Bowls and Plates. You may not be able to wash dishes, so plan for throwaway items.
- Toilet Paper. Enough said.
- Charcoal or Propane, and a Grill. You’ll want a place to cook and to sterilize water, if need be.
- Medications. Get a refill on your prescriptions if possible and stock up on over the counter meds that you take on a regular basis.
- First-Aid Kit. Stock all of the necessary items that we’ve talked about in other articles.
- Doc Box. Have all of your necessary personal information such as birth certificate, social security card, marriage certificate, bank info, insurance, etc. in a fire-proof, water-proof box.
- Cash. Chances are good that ATMs aren’t going to work so you need to have enough cash to buy any incidentals, or to get out of town.
- Candles and Flashlights
- Batteries for Flashlights and favorite toys if you have kids
- Battery-Operated, Solar or Crank Weather Radio
- Heavy Gloves for after-disaster cleanup
Though hurricanes are extremely destructive, they are at least predictable. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, aka NOAA, keeps a close eye on storms that are forming and typically track hurricanes for weeks before they actually make landfall.