Things you should have in case of hurricane or severe weather.

Even though I don’t live in a hurricane prone area of North America. I thought this information would prove valuable for those of you who do and would be usefull in any sever weather situation.

Here is a list of some of the basic things you should have on hand in the event of a hurricane if they are going to stay home and not evacuate. (Bug out bag to follow)

  • Bottled water (about three gallon for each family member)
  • Canned food and snacks. You should have enough to last you for three days because you never know what will happen.
  • A non-electric can opener
  • Toilet paper
  • Some clothes set aside for each family member in water proof bags.
  • A first aid kit
  • Blankets
  • Books and games to keep busy
  • Paper and pencil
  • Medicine(s) you usually take
  • Flashlights (A few battery powered lanterns are very helpful or crank powered)
  • Batteries (make sure that they are the right sizes for that you are going to use them for.
  • A battery-operated or crank radio (Crank radios are reasonably priced and don’t require batteries)

A generator is something that is not a necessity for everybody but it is nice to have. Here are a couple of things to remember if you get one.

  • Make sure that it is working properly long before the first storm hits
  • Do not leave gas in it’s gas tank for a long time. The gas gets gummy and will clog up the generator. (You can get a stabilizer which will help the gas last longer)
  • Do NOT hook the generator up to the house to power the whole house. If you want that done have a professional do it. It can cause serious harm to electrical workers trying to restore power to the area and could even cause a fire to your house.

Make sure that your generator is secured to a stable object. It is a very popular item for people to steal when there is no power in the area.

Tis The Season For Severe Weather!

Today officially marks the beginning of hurricane and severe weather season. With the national weather service predicting a near record number of named storms this year (up to 28) are you and your family prepared? Over the next couple of months I will outline how you can be ready for such severe weather as, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, electrical storms and possible solar storms that can take down the electric grid. What you should know will possibly save the lives of your family. My first article today will be on hurricanes and tropical storms. So please tell your friends to check out this week. It could save your life!