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Here in Florida, hurricane season runs from June to November-- peaking in late August through September. Since the start of the peak season is just around the corner, it’s time to inventory and add to our hurricane prep kit.
The 2017 hurricane season was a wake-up call to get prepared. We realized that we have been woefully underprepared for storms—not just hurricanes, but other natural and manmade disasters.
There are many really good resources on the web to help prepare for storms or other disasters. Choose a resource that best meets your needs. For us, hurricane preparation guides and a bucket list the City of Tallahassee mailed to all residents, serve as our framework. The Florida grocery chain, Publix, also puts out a great brochure which is easily picked up from the flyer spinner at the front of every store.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of how to prepare. Your family, and your situation may be very different from ours. This post is about how WE prepare.
We prepare for the approach of a hurricane by:
A good container is a must. Having everything gathered in a portable, central location is key to sheltering in place or last minute evacuation.
Here we are showing the Milwaukee packout, which is water resistant and has a nice tight seal. It’s great for organizing all the supplies you might need, and can be used for other things outside hurricane season.
Most of the tool companies have lights and fans in their inventory. Invest in tools for which you already have batteries. Also, for charging cell phones, Makita and Ridgid have a gadget that attaches to their rechargeable batteries and can be used to charge USB devices. Ridgid also has a radio with a built-in USB charger so as long as you have charged Ridgid batteries, you can charge your phone and get weather updates on the radio.
Battery powered tools:
If your power is out, you need to think about how you’re going to cook. I am lucky that I have a gas cooktop that will light even when there is no power. There are many products on the market for cooking without power. Invest in something that would meet your needs. Even something as simple as a DIY Buddy Burner could help in a pinch to at least heat water for coffee.
*Extra water on hand is good to have for two reasons. 1) If city water becomes contaminated or undrinkable (they will alert you if this happens possibly necessitating a “boil water” notice.) 2) If you pump your own well water. If the power fails, so does the ability to pump water.
One last thing...before the storm, take pictures of your house inside and out so if anything is damaged, you can provide these quickly to your insurance company.
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FYI: We are not professionals, and we don’t claim to be. This is what we found worked for our project. Yours may need a little different approach. Safety first!
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