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If the recent string of damaging hurricanes has taught us anything, it’s how important it is to be prepared with hurricane supplies.
Hurricanes can cause flooding, power outages, and damage from high winds.
You need to protect yourself, secure your home, and prepare to stay put for days or weeks without the convenience of electricity.
Must-have hurricane supplies
Being prepared for a natural disaster will give you something priceless: peace of mind.
Start now with these hurricane supplies and products.
You will be ready no matter when a hurricane occurs.
When it comes to natural disasters like hurricanes, you must heed the warnings of government officials.
If they say you must evacuate, it could truly be a matter of survival, so be sure to follow evacuation orders and instructions so you can get to safety.
That will be faster and easier to do if you have a “go bag” ready for each member of your household.
The bag itself should be a sturdy, waterproof backpack.
Backpacks should include a flashlight, clean water and/or an emergency water purifier, a first aid kit, food bars, batteries or a portable device charger, and a change of clothes.
It’s also a good idea to include copies of important legal documents such as identification.
If you or your family require medication, put a supply in your go-bag.
Also, make sure to fill your gas tank when you learn about an approaching storm.
That way, you will be prepared to leave town should there be an evacuation.
Surviving in your home without power
In addition to your go bag, you should have some hurricane supplies stocked up to survive waiting out the storm at home during a blackout.
You should keep the following survival items on hand:
First aid kit
Flashlight and emergency lighting
Portable charger for your smart phone: Once a luxury, these are now almost essential.
Battery-operated or hand crank radio Many models are solar too.
Manual can opener
Lighter or matches
best portable generator for hurricane season: This is a great-to-have option.
When you buy a portable generator, you can use it at home or take it with you should you need to evacuate.
Plan for a five-day supply for each member of the family for these emergency supplies:
Personal hygiene items
And, if they apply to you:
Baby supplies (i.e. diapers, formula)
Additionally, books, a deck of cards, or other non-electronic recreational items will help you stay sane and avoid cabin fever.
This will be especially important if you have children.
How to prepare for an emergency
There are several things you should do when you learn about an upcoming power outage:
A power outage could mean that you may not have running water in addition to power.
For this reason, fill up the bathtub and other containers with water while you still have it running.
This can be used for washing and flushing and can make a big difference in the comfort of your survival.
Cook your perishable food and while you still have power and freeze it.
That way, you’ll have the option of eating it as it thaws if the freezer goes out.
You can also repurpose some common appliances during a power outage:
Since it already has a built-in drain, you can use your washing machine as a cooler by filling it with ice or frozen water bottles.
Store things you need to keep dry, such as important documents, photographs, or a stack of extra cash, in the dishwasher.
It is sealed off extremely well and will stand up to the pressure of external water.
For extra measure, it’s a good idea to seal off whatever you put in the dishwasher in a freezer bag.
Securing your home
Of course, at the first mention of an approaching hurricane, you should start securing your home.
Bring in all outdoor furniture, garbage cans, and decor that could be picked up by wind gusts and cause serious damage.
If you have a pool, drain it by only one to two feet and leave it uncovered.
Wind gusts could get so high that they collapse the pool or lift it from the foundation if it is not properly weighted down by water.
The cover will stand no chance against flying tree branches and high winds, and it could easily fly away and cause damage itself.
Doors and windows
The high winds that come with hurricanes can blow out windows, inviting dangerous wind and rain into your home, so it is important to secure them as much as possible.
The best defense against a hurricane comes from storm shutters which are installed permanently and can be easily rolled down to protect all vulnerable doors and windows.
To properly secure a window without storm shutters, you’ll need to gather plywood that is at least 5/8 inches thick and 8 inches larger than the window or door frame on each side.
Anchor the plywood with heavy-duty screws to the walls of the home, not to the window frame or door frame.
High winds could compromise the frame itself, not just the glass.
This option is effective and inexpensive.
If you have the supplies on hand before the hardware store sells out during a storm, you’ll save yourself a lot of stress.
You can also get hurricane film, which protects glass from shattering.
While this won’t help from the entire window being blown out, it will protect you from shattered glass, so it’s a good additional precaution.
You’ll also need to reinforce your garage door, which can be particularly vulnerable during a hurricane.
If you live in a hurricane-prone area, you should definitely make sure that your garage door is at least 14-gauge weight and is securely mounted.
Additionally, you can strengthen your garage door with both vertical and horizontal 2 by 4 boards.
Anchor these to the walls surrounding the garage door with heavy duty screws.
Preparing for a hurricane is much easier to do when you don’t have the pressure of an imminent threat.
Keeping hurricane supplies like these around can be a game changer in both your comfort and your survival should a tropical storm head your way.
Want more preparation tips?
Check out our article on preparing for a food crisis next.
It’s a good idea to always have a well-stocked hurricane supplies stash so that you’ll be ready to weather the storm.
Read on to find out what is recommended to keep on hand.
Are We Safer in the City or the Country?
I am looking out my farm office window and watching it snow.
It is peaceful and I feel secure.
Throughout this winter, I have continued our planning for the spring and summer.
I’m pretty jazzed about all that will be coming our way.
Another thing I do, though, is follow the global economic markets.
I no longer accept the media bias or the bogus economic statistics that say we are all fed every day.
Everything is NOT OK and there are things that are just not right happening all around us.
I am now more than a little concerned about the state of affairs affecting our nation.
Our family is working hard at developing our farm, yet there is now a new urgency in doing so.
While no one—especially economists–knows that will be happening in the coming months and years, one thing is clear in my mind.
Our country is now heading down a path which will lead to a very difficult time for us.
Those of you who have even remotely considered that things aren’t all they seem to be:
Let me encourage you to think about your own situation.
Should you, like many of us, prepare yourselves for some hard times ahead?
There are many resources with ideas how to do this.
But it is a very personal process that must be done in light of what you think might be happening in the future and how it will affect you.
I personally think that the economic system is in a time of transformation, and that things ultimately will be getting violent.
I believe life will be most difficult for those in the city.
But for many, the writing on the wall will go unheeded.
When I ask myself why many refuse to look deeper into what is really going on, I remember a condition that is commonly called the “normalcy bias.”
If you Google this, you’ll see that there is a vast store of information about it.
Essentially the normalcy bias is a mental state people have when facing or evaluating a potential disaster or pending danger.
It causes a vast underestimation of the likelihood of a catastrophe actually happening and the potential consequences of such an event.
It is the deer in the headlights refusing to move.
The normalcy bias explains why the Jews refused to leave Germany even in light of evidence of the holocaust already occurring and major signs of pending danger.
It explains why many people on the Titanic, even while it was sinking, refused to believe that it could ever sink.
Passengers were slow to enter life boats, as that itself would be an acknowledgement that indeed the Titanic was going to sink.
It explains why so many in New Orleans stayed in their homes even with the notification that Hurricane Katrina was on its way and urges to evacuate.
They couldn’t believe it would be that bad.
It also explains why so many today choose to put their heads in the sand, believing that economic catastrophe could never happen in America.
This even as Europe is on the brink and there is no question the U.S. is truly connected at the hip to Europe economically and socially.
I hope I am wrong, but I believe that a total upheaval of our global economic system will be happening.
As I talk to folks who have concerns about the future, the conversation inevitably leads to the question of whether they should move to a rural setting in preparation.
My consistent answer is YES, but I also believe that it isn’t for everyone.
No place is perfect, and there are challenges everywhere.
So each person or family should make their decisions based on their own set of circumstances, beliefs, and information research.
In this regard I highly recommend that you do consider it.
Granted, it does take time and energy to read and evaluate information.
There are many resources for this on the internet.
Some are very skewed one way or another, but one that I have found to be pretty balanced and full of information is Preparing Your Family.
It’s a site that is helpful regardless of where you live–and it’s very practical.
After living almost our entire lives in the city and suburbs, we can say that our ranch is now our real home.
For some of you the city may remain home for various reasons.
But I would encourage you all to investigate the reality of the benefits a more independent and self-sufficient rural lifestyle will offer in the coming years.
We consider ourselves blessed.