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.