Hurricane season begins June 1st. Living the Florida life means being around hurricanes, Are you prepared? It doesn’t take much to be prepared and it does not have to be expensive to gather the supplies needed for your hurricane kit. Check out these budget friendly hurricane preparedness tips so you are not caught off guard.
Hurricane Preparedness Tips
My number one tip is to not panic. My favorite weatherman always says don’t freak out unless he tell us to. Sometimes a storm looks real bad a week away and then can go a totally different direction. I always love when they just break down or go back into the ocean.
Here are the basic supplies and how to get them as frugally as possible.
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation.
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps, your local Triple AAA will have them for free
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Books, games, puzzles and other activities for children
- List of all medications for everyone in the family
Things to Have All Year Round
- Weather proof security box with important documents such as birth certificates, insurance policies, etc.
- Renters and homeowners insurance, including flood damage
Most of these items can be kept in a storage tote in the garage or if you are in an apartment like me, in a closet. Once a hurricane is forecasted many places offer access to free sand bags so you can help protect your home from flooding.
How do you prepare for hurricane season? I am not a Florida native so I make sure to stay prepared. I know many who make sure they have hurricane party supplies on hand, LOL.
I hope this year is a safe one for Florida.
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