Hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30. With the threat of severe weather that could leave you without power and make food and water unavailable for several days, it is essential to be prepared.
A hurricane readiness kit has all of the essentials you will need to make it through the first few days after a hurricane. It comes with a highly visible orange backpack stocked with 50 square feet of Home Guard Barrier sheeting to protect your house, a 30-piece first aid kit, a three-day supply of food and water with a five-year shelf life, a flashlight, a water-resistant AM/FM radio, batteries, a 12-hour lightstick, a particulate respirator mask, an emergency poncho, biohazard waste bags, gloves, a water bag, a bottle for bleach, a utility wrench, an emergency whistle, a family communications plan, and an emergency manual.
In the event of a natural disaster such as a hurricane, you will need to be able to listen to weather reports and special safety instructions from state and local authorities. It is therefore imperative that you have a radio available to listen to AM or FM stations or NOAA channels. Emergency radios can be run on batteries or solar power. Some have built-in features that can provide light or allow you to charge your cell phone or iPod. Emergency radios can also come with built-in LED lights so you can see at night. Some radios can be powered with a crank, AC adapter, computer’s USB port, or rechargeable batteries.
After a hurricane, you will want to keep your cell phone and other technological devices charged and operational. A solar-powered generator will enable you to keep your cell phone, GPS, tablet, or laptop charged even if you lose power. Larger solar generators can power appliances, such as refrigerators, freezers, and home health care equipment. A solar panel kit can even be used to charge a car battery or purify the air in your car. Portable generators can also be fueled by gas and keep your appliances and electronic devices running.
Hurricane season is upon us, and it is essential to be prepared for the possibility that severe weather will strike. If you lose power or access to fresh food and water, you can be ready with a hurricane preparedness kit and supplies.