Destructive hurricanes and tornadoes which hit the planet in recent years have proved that you can never play it safe with Mother Nature. You never know what next ice storm or tornado can bring, which is why you must ensure that you’re always prepared for the worst. Having proper emergency supplies is what sometimes makes the difference between being safe and being in a life threatening situation. So, when the forecast says that the powerful line of storms is going to hit your area soon, you should equip yourself with enough supplies for surviving. Here is the list of the essentials you should have prepared.
First Aid Kit
A moderate windstorm can easily turn into a strong tornado which tears down roofs and breaks window glasses, so you must be ready for any eventual injuries, from scrapes and cuts to serious fractures. Having a first aid kit on hand will
provide you with opportunity for fast reaction and the ability to keep injuries isolated until the storm ends. Besides, it’s crucial that your first aid kit contains all necessary items, including: adhesive bandages of various sizes, medical tape, gauze pads, tweezers, small scissors, medical gloves, antibiotic ointment, alcohol wipes, burn gel and preferably some pain-relievers.
Water and food supplies
Hurricanes and other stronger storms can sometimes leave entire city areas cut off from the world, where water and food supply belong to the first things you must have prepared. Use your kitchen cabinets or a garage to store bottled water and the amount of food for at least 3 days, but make sure there is enough
for each family member. Count that you’ll need approximately 1 gallon of water per person per day, and include only non-perishable and ready to eat food such as instant soups, bread, canned meals, crackers, cereals, etc. It’s also good to have a manual can opener and a pack of single-use plates, cups, utensils and kitchen towels, since dish washing may not be an option.
Lack of clean water and electricity happens very frequently during the storm season, so you must prepare enough clean clothes for every family member. It’s recommendable to wash the most of your laundry few days before the storm approaches, including everyday clothes, bed linens and towels. You can also place some crucial clothing items, such as underwear, in waterproof bags and put them aside, so you have dry clothes in the case of floods.
Flashlights, lighters and fuel
Storms sometimes can cause a long-term power outage, so make sure you are equipped with a few flashlights, lanterns, butane lighters and fuel. It is a good idea to have a diesel tank to store a larger amount of fuel which you can use for power
and heating generators, car or lanterns. Also, prepare a spare package/s of batteries for flashlights, battery –powered universal chargers, portable radio or invest in self-powered lamps and emergency alert radios.
Sanitary supplies and prescription medications
You may not be in the position to take a shower during and after the storm, where it’s important to stockpile larger amount of hygiene items and household sanitary supplies. Fill your garage or shelter with several packages of antibacterial liquid soaps, feminine hygiene supplies, toothpaste, paper towels and toilet paper, wet wipes, cleaning gloves, household bleach and jumbo trash bags. If anyone in the house uses prescription medications, try to get spare amounts in case you are unable to visit a pharmacy for a long time. Don’t forget to include special medical items, such as hearing aids, eyeglasses, asthma inhalers, etc.