One of the things I’ve learned after living in South Florida for 17 + years is how to prepare for a hurricane. Hopefully this year we are not going to get hit, but either way, in my opinion, it’s better to be over prepared and I am starting now. Last year we were traveling while Hurricane Irma approached South Florida. When we got here it was total chaos and I wasn’t prepared. We weren’t able to buy any supplies or gas because it was all gone, and I learned my lesson! Taking chances and waiting until the last minute to prepare, especially with kids at home, is not the smart way to do it.
Years ago when Hurricane Wilma came to South Florida I was prepared to the bones and it was a relief. We didn’t have electricity for 4 days and the water was contaminated. After that day I made a list ! This year I already purchased many items from it and some I will be buying later this week, like water and food. These are items that never go to waste and you can consume and/or use them even if a hurricane doesn’t come this year. I hope this list helps you too! It is better to be safe than sorry!
The most important item is WATER! The count is 1 gallon of water per day per person for at least 2 weeks. When hurricane Andrew hit South Florida, my husband used to live in the Pinecrest area and the residents were without potable water and electricity for weeks. Water is never too much and you can always use it! Another tip is when the hurricane is close you can fill up bathtubs and other containers with water too! This water can be used for baths and to wash dishes. Do not forget to buy water for cooking and for your pets;
Family Inflatable Pool/ inflatable pool/ large plastic containers are great in case you don’t have a bath tub!
Water Purification Tablets in case you run out of purified water;
Food. To be sincere I do not use cans in my house and buy only in glass containers. For hurricanes I mostly buy pasta and different sauces, cookies, peanut butter, nuts, cereals, granola, power bars, dried fruits, juices, boxed milk or milk in powder, apples, oranges, bananas, soup mixes, dry beans, flavored rice, cooking oil, bread, butter. It is important to stock it up for at least 7 days. After hurricanes sometimes you cannot leave your house because of all the electric cables on the streets and power outrages;
If you are going to use cans don’t forget the manual can opener;
Disposable plates, silverware and cups for less clean up;
Gas or Charcoal Grill. This is a must as if electricity goes out it will be the only way to cook! Make sure you have extra charcoal and/or extra gas tanks; The cheapest gas tanks we buy are at Bj’s and as a TIP you don’t need to be a member to buy gas tanks there !!!
Baby Diapers for at least 7 days, infant formula, bottles, diaper rash cream;
Keep all the important documents in zip lock bags/ or plastic containers and make sure you store them up high. Keep them with you at all times.
Generators are a great thing to have after the storm, but many families cannot afford them. Anyways it is a great investment to have especially if you live in a single home;
Whistle to signal for help;
Cellphone with charge and a backup battery;
Glasses and contact lenses solution;
Cash; This is a very important item as phone lines and electricity might not work after the storm;
Feminine supplies and personal Hygiene Items;
Paper and Pen;
Books, Games, Puzzles or other activities for children;
Hurricane Shutters or Storm Panels;
I put together a list of important emergency telephone numbers and apps used last year in Hurricane Irma. You can Print it for FREE. I will be updating the numbers in case of a hurricane this year but HOPEFULLY I won’t need to do that .