Being a native Floridian, I have been through a hurricane or two. When it’s time to prepare for a hurricane, these are the items I always gather.
How to Prepare For a Hurricane
Food & Water
Start of with plenty of drinking water, at least one gallon per person, per day. You should keep enough food and water to last 5 to 7 days. Add at least 2 quarts more water per person per day for daily hygiene, such as washing faces and brushing teeth. Canned goods are a great staple. Get single serving when possible and buy food that you would normally like, anyway. Peanut butter and jelly, dried fruits and trail mixes are handy and last a long time.
Things to do
Boredom can set in quickly when the power goes out. Keep books, magazines, playing cards and board games close at hand. So much of our free time is spent on our phones. If you have a reliable portable phone charger, like this one by Rayovac, you can still play games and check in with your friends and neighbors. It holds a charge for six months, has a compact design, and holds enough power to fully charge a phone three times.
Keep a standard first aid kit on hand that includes over the counter pain and cold medicines, bandages, and non-refrigerated cold packs. Have long lasting batteries on hand to power portable radios and flashlights. Rayovac Fusion Batteries hold their charge for ten years. They have more battery capacity and better discharge efficiency. These are Rayovac’s longest lasting batteries, perfect for any emergency needs.
Make sure you keep extra clean clothes and bed linens, since it will not be convenient to wash clothes. You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of candles on hand to light the way, along with a reliable flashlight (I use the Rayovac Indestructible 2AA Flashlight) or a kick-booty lantern (I love the Rayovac virtually indestructible LED lantern). The flashlight can last for five hours straight and has two settings, high and energy saving. It’s powerful beam reaches up to 160 feet and it is water resistant. The lantern is perfect for a hurricane because it lasts for 5 hours and it’s waterproof.[td_smart_list_end]
How will you get ready for the next hurricane?