What Is Needed for Your Hurricane and Natural Disaster Emergency Kit With a Preparedness Checklist
Hurricane and Natural Disaster Preparedness KitClick thumbnail to view full-size
Hurricane/Disaster Preparedness Kit
Do you currently own any type of Hurricane or Disaster Preparedness Kit?
Be Prepared For Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Floods and Tornadoes
According to the various hurricane predictions and forecasts, we are pretty much guaranteed some major storms will arrive during the 2016 Hurricane Season.
As a survivor of Hurricane Ike in 2008, and having that storm roar right over my head, much was learned on what we needed to add to our hurricane preparedness kit. This kit can be used for all natural disasters and man made disasters such as an EMP attack. All items are included in the photos that we have currently. Other items people can add will be listed.
The first thing we lost was electricity even before we had stormy weather, as Ike was moving in and hit the power stations to our east first. After Ike hit, we were without power for almost three weeks. Other areas longer, some shorter. I will guarantee you, being without power in the hot/humid weather is not pleasant and one has to think ahead to survive.
Our roads were impassible for almost a week. Water and groceries, as well as ice could not be delivered. We were on our own. No, before you ask, I never saw hide nor hair of any relief workers, such as the Red Cross or others. It was neighbor helping neighbor and nothing more.
There was no water, no phone, no cell phone or services period. Emergency services could not access neighborhoods due to the debris on the streets. You will see the stressing of medical supplies in our kit. You may need to sew yourself up or someone else, or at least have the supplies you can share with ones who need them for such medical attention.
Our only source of communication was the radio. That is another thing to keep in mind. You have to have the radio! Of course, with that in mind, you will need batteries (unless you have what we have, and that is a hand crank/solar power radio). Still, we do have a back up radio that is battery powered. This will be your only means to hear what is going on in any relief effort.
I would highly recommend taking the few minutes to go through the slideshow presented on the top group of photos here, as the images will help you much more than just a write up on the items. Each photo does contain some information in caption.
Below is the NOAA provided list of items to have in the event of a major storm:
Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days
- non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
- foods for infants or the elderly
- snack foods
- non-electric can opener
- cooking tools / fuel
- paper plates / plastic utensils
Blankets / Pillows, etc.
Clothing - seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
Special Items - for babies and the elderly
Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
Flashlight / Batteries
Radio - Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
Telephones - Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards - Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods
Toys, Books and Games
Important documents - in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag
- insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
Tools - keep a set with you during the storm
Vehicle fuel tanks filled
Pet care items
- proper identification / immunization records / medications
- ample supply of food and water
- a carrier or cage
- muzzle and leash
To that I would add things to consider as:
- a generator (an expensive option!)
- insect repellent
- matches in a waterproof container
- foil, plastic wrap and such
- dehydrated foods
- Ziploc bags
- tobacco products
Those items are not all included in our kit photos, however, there are additional items shown in the photos not listed here. The first aid kit will show the labels of the various items we have included.
I hope we will not have to deal with any major storms this year or in the future, but history shows that is highly unlikely. The kit we have put together has come from adding over a several year period. Initially, the cost was rather high, but adding an item here and there as time goes by is relatively cheap. We continue to add to the kit as things cross our mind that may be needed.
It is the hope of myself as well as my wife, that this hub will benefit those who may be affected by a major storm hitting at anytime, or other natural disaster. We have both had similar need to survive experiences with earthquakes as well as tornadoes. Floods will also find you in need of such a kit.
Download the Be Red Cross Ready - Hurricane Safety Checklist (PDF Format)
Continuation of our Hurricane Preparedness KitClick thumbnail to view full-size
Why We Have A Hurricane Preparedness Kit
As you can see from the map, our concern, plus past experience, keeps us prepared!