Archive for June 6th, 2010

I absolutely hate hurricanes.  When I first moved out of Houston proper to where I currently live I was told hurricanes never get up this far.  For several years they were right, the worse we got was a heavier rain storm then normal and some wind.  Then it seems we were nailed back to back with Rita and Ike both and I’m still trying to recover from the damage caused by those two to trees and fences.  Thankfully the house has remained untouched and I hope that continues to be the case.

Preparing for Hurricanes is always an ordeal.  One big thing is not knowing if you will need the supplies you stock up on, and worry if you don’t have them you will need them.  Then there is the matter of the pets, the horrific roads where you just can’t get out if you need to and last of all work because many of the elderly do not and will not evacuate during hurricanes and thus we need to be at their home if one hits if this is their choosing.

While this is my personal “emergency” kit for hurricanes, I am certain the same could apply to other things which might shut people off to supplies and modern conveniences as well.

1 generator – enough to run one air conditioner plus refrigerator/freezer

Battery operated radio

Hand crank charging weather/emergency radio

Can bright yellow spray paint (to signal help if roof stranded) (4 cans)

Extra set of keys

Flashlights (4)

Batteries (enough for 2 weeks) 30 packages total AAA, AA and C size

Cook stove or grill plus charcoal or propane   (10 bags charcoal plus 2 canisters propane)

Hand Ax  ( for breaking through roof if needed or chopping out of house or through downed trees)

Manual can opener (2)

Matches in waterproof container (3 boxes)

Antibacteria hand wash (4 containers)

Paper towels (32 rolls)

Portable toilet (or bucket style)

Toilet Paper (24 rolls)

Portable solar shower

Dish Soap (2 bottles)

Toothpaste (2 tubes)

Toothbrush (2 extra for each family member)

Deodorant (2)

Shampoo/Conditioner (1 lg bottle each)

Contact supplies (as I wear them)

Emergency Medical Kit (tylenol, benedryl, anti-itch cream, antibiotic cream, band-aids, gauze bandages, alcohol swabs, Q-tips, finger splints, ace bandages, anti-diarrhea, anti-nausea, anti-constipation medications, 2 week supply of all prescription medications, tweezers, small scissors, syringe and or bulb-tube dropper, cold medication, allergy medications.)

Kleenex (2 boxes)

Rubber gloves (hospital quality latex 2 boxes of 50 sets each),  thick yellow rubber 4 bags of 2 each)

Pet food, 2 weeks of feeding worth for ALL animals.

Pet liter, 2 weeks changing worth

Extra leash and collar per pet

Carriers for small animals and cages for large animals in case you find yourself outdoors

Signal flares

Pots and skillets for grill use (other words you don’t mind them getting a bit “charred”

20 -40 gallons water for showers, food prep, dish and emergency clothing washing.

Food supplies

Bottled water (for drinking) – 2 gallons per day per person for 2 week supply.

Powdered non-fat dry milk

Powdered drink mixes (Gatorade style)

2 weeks of canned goods to create meals (I can my own fruit, veggies. stews, soups, and meats…however meats such as tuna, salmon, chicken etc can be purchased also.)

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