It’s That Time of Year: Benefits of A Hurricane Preparedness Plan

It’s That Time of Year: Benefits of A Hurricane Preparedness Plan

A few weeks ago, there was a meme circulating, that read “2020- Written By Steven King, Directed by Quentin Tarantino.”  And considering that scientists are already warning Americans to brace for an above-average hurricane season, the sentiment of that meme feels truer than ever.

Although there are many things that we cannot control, there are some things we can do to prepare for a possible catastrophic event in advance. Coming up with a hurricane preparedness plan is among them. 

Starting off

The US government recommends adding the following items to your disaster supplies kit.

  • Three days-worth of water (1 gallon per day per person in your household)
  • A three-day supply of non-perishable food, such as canned goods, granola bars, and other easy-to-prepare items.
  • Hand-powered can opener (ie: one that doesn’t need to be plugged in)
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Portable / back up cell-phone charger (which can be used to charge mobile deices if the power is out.)
  • Paper products, such as paper plates, paper towels, toilet paper and napkins
  • A whistle (which can be used to signal for help)
  • Duct tape and plastic sheeting (to protect you from the elements)
  • Extra prescriptions for family members
  • A supply of pet food (for the fur babies)
  • Local maps (in case your cell phone lacks power)
  • Cash or travelers’ checks
  • Feminine supplies (if applicable)
  • An extra set of prescription eyeglasses
  • Extra contact lens solution (if applicable)
  • Non-prescriptiion pain medication such as aspirin, ibuprofen, antacids, and anti-diarrhea medication
  • Canned juice
  • Vitamins
  • Formula, baby food, diapers and wipes (if appliable)
  • Puzzles, books and games
  • A fire extinguisher
  • Soap and hand sanitizer
  • Extra face coverings / cloth masks
  • Pens, pencils and paper
  • First aid supplies, such as adhesive bandages, scissors, tweezers, anti-bacterial ointment, gauze pads, and first-aid tape.

Benefits of planning ahead

When you start to prepare your hurricane preparedness items, it’s best to stick to the model of “plan for the worst and expect the best.” You should also take some time to develop an evacuation plan. For example, what routes would you take to drive from Point A to Point B? Are there gas stations along that route? You may also want to map out temporary shelter options, such as hotels or shelters, that are located along your evacuation route.

Lastly, be sure to store your preparedness items in a place that’s easily accessible. This will help ensure you don’t need to go scrambling for your hurricane prep kit if a storm is on its way.