September 10, 2008

Hurricane List

Per Teresa’s thoughts… here is a list of things to think of getting in preparation.

You need to prepare even if you are not coastal. The winds are nasty in hurricanes and long reaching… you WILL lose power if you are in Cat 1 winds. What hits as a Cat 3 or 4, takes a long time to dwindle down to a Cat 1 or Tropical Storm. Keep that in mind…

For my list with discussion, go HERE.

Gas for your car, keep it at ¾ tank
Cash- small bills ($1 and $5)
Plug in phone
Car charger for your cell
5 gallons of water per person in your home
Pet supplies, if you own a pet
Baby supplies, if you have a baby
Do all your laundry
Food for 7 to 10 days
Make a list for breakfast/lunch/dinner and what you will and will not eat. Plan.
Do something with your eggs… bake with them or boil them.
Portable radio and/or TV**
Batteries for portables.
Lighting, flashlights, lanterns.
Batteries for lighting.
Gas for grill.
Paper towels
Paper plates/bowls
Plastic ware
Aluminum foil
Aluminum pie plates
Toilet paper
Anti bacterial soap for your hands
Wipes for your counters
Cooler- BIG
Ice- make in advance if you can
Battery powered personal fans
Your favorite drinks.
Plan for your food in your freezer, how and when you will eat it.


*Update and added*
Garbage bags
Alcohol if you need it/want it (they don't sell after a hit)
Fill bathtubs with water (used for flushing and bathing if no water)
Bathtubs of water need to have a cap of bleach added... read the bottle
Move all outside equipment INSIDE (patio furniture, garbage cans etc.)
Remove all debris from around your home... think potential projectile.
Protect your important documents... know where they are. (Insurance papers etc.)

If you evacuate, take your important papers with you! (Medical docs, insurance papers, wills, etc.)

**Per Teresa's comment: Portable TVs will NOT work as of next year, unless they are digital. GET A RADIO!

Posted by Boudicca at September 10, 2008 09:03 PM | TrackBack

Didn't we also fill up the bathtub with water so we could flush the toilet if there was no running water?

Posted by: Morrigan at September 11, 2008 06:48 AM

I do that here too and was going to add it, but then I know its on my 'discussion' post.

But I'll put it back on. I have doing laundry...

Posted by: Bou at September 11, 2008 07:42 AM

Oh very nice Bou!!!

Let me add one thing about the portable tv's. After this coming February - when over the air broadcasting switches to digital - you will not be able to use your old portable televisions!!! There are no antenna converter boxes yet that are battery powered.

There are digital LCD portables out there, but they currently run around $250. So, everyone needs to know that while the tvs will work now, they won't work next year if the antenna on the tv is analog. Get thee a portable radio if buying a new digital portable tv is out of your budget!

It's easy to forget this because so many have cable or satellite and those are not an issue in over the air digital broadcasting.

Posted by: Teresa at September 11, 2008 10:27 AM

Here's my list:

People left some great comments!

Posted by: pam at September 11, 2008 10:43 AM