Do Your Hurricane Preps Now
By Joseph Parish
There are detailed items that are indispensable in any hurricane kit and there are the optional bits and pieces that are nice to have. Letís first talk about the necessities that should be included in such a kit.
Since the hurricane season is swiftly approaching many of the local and federal authorities are telling us that its time we created our emergency survival kit for hurricanes. Emphasize has been placed on our need to acquire certain supplies that would prove beneficial towards waiting out any hurricane that headed our way. If past emergencies are any indication of how rapidly supplies tend to vanish in the stores then we would do well to heed the guidance of the authorities in this respect. After the fact planning is always a bad idea and usually fails leaving us short of critical materials. When the hurricane is upon us you are likely to discover your local stores are all sold out of any sort of emergency items that you might perhaps need.
It doesnít take a vast sum of money or an investment of months of time to be properly prepared for the inevitable. It has been recommended that at a minimum you maintain the following items on hand prior to the storm reaching your area.
You should store up on both canned foods and possible the dehydrated types. Nonperishable foods can often times be a lifesaver when the catastrophe strikes. Keep in mind that in the event that one of your family members are diabetic or requires any sort of special diet you would need to keep those types of food on hand as well. Naturally it goes without saying that you should make certain that you have a can opener in your supply kit. All the canned food in the world would do you no good what so ever if you forget this one simple kitchen item.
The emergency centers generally recommend foods be kept in your kit which are high in protein. Any survival situation generates a considerable amount of stress and those foods that are high in protein help you to deal appropriately with it in a much better manner.
A person can live a lot longer without food then they can if they have no water so you should store at least a gallon of water per person daily. Try to accumulate enough water and supplies for at least a three day period if not longer.
Clothing is something most people fail to consider in their kits. Possibly this oversight is due to the fact that when an emergency occurs they are currently in their home already but consider the thought that you had to leave at a moments notice. Keep plenty of warm clothing in your kit for all members of your party. Include raingear as well. The Dollar Tree store carries a package of 3 rain parkas together for only one dollar. In an emergency this will certainly be a great benefit.
Batteries and battery appliances
In the event that you lose electricity you should have a small assortment of battery operated appliances such as a radio or television and an assortment of flashlights. Without the benefit of a radio or television you will be left uninformed as to the current weather alerts for your area. In the same sense, you will need to keep a good supply of batteries for these items around as well. At this point I would like to mention that you should not relay upon the large packs of batteries that you find at the Dollar Tree store. I brag up many of the items that are stored on the shelves of the Dollar Tree stores however batteries are not one of them. I have in the past found that their batteries are some of the worst in the industry. Spend a little more on them since your life may depend upon them.
Now letís cover a few of the nice to have items. If you have small children you can make their day with some coloring books and crayons. Reading books appropriate for older children provide a very good way for them to pass the hours waiting for the storm to move on. Above all even though they may not be a necessity you should include a pillow and blankets for each of the family members.
At least now you have some idea as to what you should stock up on before the storm arrives in your area. Take heed and prepare before itís too late.
Copyright @2010 Joseph Parish