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Surviving The Storm: Essential Items Checklist

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

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 Bottles

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.

Clean clothes

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.

flashlight

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.


Not every storm which happens in your area can make catastrophic consequences, but it’s smarter to be fully prepared before it “knocks on your doors”, since that can maybe save your life.

Winter Storm Nika

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For those of you who don’t live in Illinois, there are a few things you should know. Weather changes at the drop of a hat, and all four seasons are often represented in each season (i.e. the 60°F weather we had just a couple of weeks ago followed immediately by a -10°F day. Weird.). Oh and last Saturday, our basement flooded due to it raining on frozen ground. Good times had by all that day.

Having been born and raised in Northern Illinois, I’ve seen my share of very snowy winters. I saw greater evidence of this when I moved to the U.P. of Michigan for four years during college (Go Huskies!). There’s nothing like opening up your front door only to be met with snow up to your boobs as far as the eye can see. No joke.

When we moved to Iowa we were warned that the winters out there were horrible, but we found that they weren’t much different than we were already used to. The people there took those regular winter storms in stride.

Then we moved to Central Illinois. This area is a whole new animal. I’ll admit, compared to last winter, it may seem to the people who have lived here their whole lives that the world is ending by snow. We’ve gotten feet more snow this year than last.

But please. Each and every time the weather forecast calls for snow of greater than an inch, the people in this city lose their minds.

I happened to have to run to the grocery store this morning, and for a Tuesday morning, the parking lot was packed! Now I’ll admit, I didn’t even realize that there was a storm heading our way. I’d heard of one supposedly hitting up north, but because I don’t watch the news, this whole Winter Storm Nika thing had escaped me.

And inside, it was chaos! There were shoppers filling carts…multiple carts, ladies!… of groceries in order to prepare for a snow storm. My checker commented that she’d never seen such ridiculousness before. That’s saying a lot considering my first experience in this particular grocery store was a girl standing at the checkout pulling not only her EBT card, but her iPhone too, out of her bra.

This made me think a little bit more about how crazy people around here get about snow and food. I suppose I think differently about it because generally, we cook from staples and we (almost) always have those staples in the house. We buy bread most of the time, but if we ran out, I could easily bake a couple of loaves or we’d just go without. Our freezer is stocked with some meat and veggies, and we have a decent pantry going…and if all else failed, we have rice and beans on standby.

I was being snoopy today so I checked out the carts filling the check out lines. Citizen of this city: You were freaking out over Pop Tarts and frozen pizza. Seriously? You think the world is coming to an end and you’re buying that crap?

Judgement aside, I wonder how and when people moved away from putting some food back for emergencies and totally flipping out the moment there’s the possibility of bad weather.

I’ll talk a little more about this in my next post.

Tell me, do you have a stockpile for emergencies, or are you one that stocks up if there’s bad weather on the way?