Maybe like me, you just recently moved to Florida and have never encountered seabreezes, tropical storms and hurricanes before either. It’s some of the craziest weather I’ve ever seen before, that’s for sure!
Well, hurricane season is here in full force. As a matter of fact, it’s the first time in history that we’ve had four named storms before July 1st. Whether you’ve newly moved here or just not taken the time to put together an emergecy kit, let’s not put it off any longer.
Since I moved here from the midwest, I’m going to unpack my tornado kit. Maybe you have an earthquake kit you need to dismantle. Let’s get working on those hurricane preparedness kits together.
Here’s what you’ll need to create a basic hurricane survivial kit according to the National Hurricane Center.
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation.
Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.
Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both.
- Flashlight and extra batteries.
- First aid kit.
- Whistle to signal for help.
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape.
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
- Manual can opener for food.
- Local maps.
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger.
And CASH! If power is out, ATM’s and credit card machines will not help. Wouldn’t hurt to pack a deck of cards and some games for the kids either.
Ok, let’s get packing!
And always know that’s it’s our promise to you here at the Z, to give you weather warnings first to help you keep your family safe!