Now that we have officially entered hurricane season, it is time to prepare for when one might hit. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting an above-average Atlantic hurricane season for 2021. For you and your family’s safety, it is essential to get prepared now, before a storm is threatening to hit.
A hurricane preparedness safety kit can be a lifesaver if you are without electricity for days or weeks. Pack your gear in an easy-to-carry waterproof bag or container that you can transport should you have to evacuate.
Here is a list of necessities that you should consider packing:
- Water - Have one gallon of water per person in your household for a minimum of three days. This water is for drinking and sanitation.
- Nonperishable foods for a minimum of three days. Canned meats, soups, peanut butter and jelly are some excellent suggestions.
- Battery-powered radio to keep up to date with the weather and emergency announcements.
- Extra batteries.
- First aid kit.
- Copies of personal documents - insurance policies, birth certificates, passport, and deed to your home are some important documents you will want to copy and pack.
- Emergency contact information.
- Extra cash.
In addition to a fully stocked hurricane preparedness kit, fill up your cars with gas. If you own a generator, make sure it is filled or charged.
Keep your hurricane preparedness kit in a designated place in your home where you can grab it if you must leave quickly. Make sure all your family members know where it is.
When you are assembling your hurricane preparedness kit, think of other items that may come in handy for your family members. If you have kids, pack toys or activities that will keep them occupied if you must go to a shelter where there is not much to do. If there is a baby in the family, pack enough formula and diapers for a minimum of 3 days to get you through the storm.
Hurricanes can be scary, but they can be a lot less stressful if your family is prepared for them. Get prepared for it now, so you don’t have to rush around frantically when that first hurricane watch or warning is issued.