Hurricane Disaster Kit
Hurricane is a scary word this time of year! Especially for us because we live in a coastal town along the Southeastern side of the United States. We have had some pretty bad storms come our way in the past. In fact, a short while ago we had what they called “the thousand year flood” and had over 4ft of flood water in our backyard. That flood resulted in $10,000 worth of damage for us and we are still paying that off. Needless to say, we want to try to be prepared this time!
Food & Water
If you do not gather any other supplies, definitely get food and water! Make sure you get canned foods and things that last a while without having to be cooked. We grabbed things like raviolis, canned chili, chips, snack bars and assorted soups. Whatever your family likes! This is very hard for moms because we are natural born caregivers and we want to make sure that everyone is taken care of, especially our little ones. It is no longer just you and your spouse that you have to worry about and that can be terrifying! This is why all of this stuff is extremely important to do early and just have on stand-by. It will ease a lot of anxiety if something does come your way.
Baby Food & Formula
Luckily, breastfed babies have ready made food available to them at all times! However, formula fed babies face a different struggle in case of emergency. Make sure you load up on jugs of sterile water and extra cans of formula in case you cannot get to a store for an extended period of time. You can also stock up on cans of baby food just in case.
Here is a list of basic supplies that I like to keep around. You can personalize it to you and what you think that you may need.
- Flashlights (We have LED Mag-Lites, Medium sized flashlights and small LED lights)
- Lantern & Kerosene (We have a kerosene lantern just in case we run out of batteries) Lights a large area
- Battery powered lantern
- Extra lighters (Long and short)
- Phone charging block (Charges phones without power) Just remember to charge it up beforehand! 🙂
- Bug Spray
- Stormproof matches and a stick of Firestart
- Extra batteries of all sizes
- Ropes of varying sizes
- Personal Documents! (I have all of our important documents filed in a waterproof container year round so it is all ready to grab and go)
- Flash drives: I have all of our important photos backed up to flash drives so that I do not lose them. Photos are precious 🙂
I put together a pretty extensive first-aid kit because I never know what I am going to need. This is probably the nurse coming out in me, but I like to prepare just in case my family or anyone else needs help.
- Tons of tough strips band aids of all sizes
- Large non-stick pads
- 2×2 Gauze pads
- Ace bandages
- Ice packs
- Butterfly Steri-Strips
- Hydro-cortisone Cream
- Triple Antibiotic Ointment
- Burn Cream
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Gloves (You never know what you are going to touch!)
- Hand Sanitizer
- BP Cuff
- Duct tape
- Infant Tylenol & Motrin
Knowledge is Power!
Knowledge really is power! Stay up to date on the storms and where they are headed! It will also help to brush up on your CPR skills. If you don’t know adult or infant CPR, I am in the process of making an online course that I will be able to offer on my website soon!
You may also want to take pictures of your house and your belongings before any storms come your way so that if your home floods or is damaged you will have them to submit to insurance!
NOAA Hurricane Resource Site
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