Don’t Wait For It to Hit, Prepare Your Hurricane Kit

hurricane preparation kit

With three named storms already this hurricane season, it is best to have preparations underway. Hurricanes can be devastating, causing widespread destruction, and even loss of life. As such, it is essential to have a hurricane preparedness kit ready in case one hits your area. A well-stocked hurricane kit should include items that will help you survive and stay safe during the storm and help you cope with its aftermath. Let’s take a look at the essentials. 

First and foremost, you should have an emergency first aid kit in your hurricane preparedness kit. This should include items such as bandages, gauze pads, antiseptic wipes, scissors, tweezers, pain relievers, a thermometer, and any other items that could help treat minor injuries or medical emergencies. It is also essential to pack extra prescription medications if you or one of your family members requires them.

You’ll also need to include a variety of food and water in your hurricane preparedness kit. Non-perishable items such as canned foods, energy bars, cereal, peanut butter, nuts, and dried fruits are good choices for this purpose. Additionally, it is important to pack plenty of bottled water – at least one gallon per person, per day.

Your hurricane preparedness kit should also contain a weather-resistant flashlight and plenty of extra batteries. Additionally, you may want to pack a whistle to signal for help if needed. It is also important to have items that will provide warmth and comfort during the storm. Consider packing blankets or sleeping bags, as well as warm clothing such as jackets, hats and gloves.

Finally, it is important to include items in your hurricane preparedness kit that will help you cope with the aftermath of the storm. This can have items such as cash, an ID card or passport, copies of important documents (such as birth certificates), a fire extinguisher, tools for cleanup and repair work, and a manual can opener.

For those seasoned Floridians, none of these items should come as a surprise but let it serve as your reminder that it’s better to be prepared. And for our new residents, make sure to get your hurricane kit packed early. We hope you feel confident that with the right items in place, you are prepared to handle whatever Mother Nature throws your way.