Hurricane Season Emergency Kit Checklist For 2018

Hurricane season brings its own challenges in terms of emergency preparedness. You may not know that you are directly in the path of a dangerous storm until it is right on top of you. Being prepared ahead of time will give you the advantage to be ready for any storm that is headed your way.

 

Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is different, depending on where you are in the world. Here is a chart to help you determine when a hurricane is most likely to strike, based on the area you are in. In the Northwest Pacific, hurricanes are also known as typhoons. In the South Pacific and Indian Ocean, hurricanes are also known as cyclones.

● North Atlantic region- June to November
● Northwest Pacific- July to November
● Northeast Pacific- May to November
● Southwest Pacific- October to May
● South Indian- October to May
● North Indian-April-December

Hurricane Damage

When preparing for a hurricane, it is important to know what to expect. The high winds and heavy driving rains can cause flooding, damage to your home, and debris to go flying everywhere. If you are out on the water or have a boat, it is best to seek dry land and to bring your boat in out of the dangerous waves. If you live near the shoreline, precautions can be taken to protect your property from heavy winds. Secure any loose objects like furniture, planters, loose wood, or anything else that can be picked up by a strong wind. Roads can become blocked, and power lines and phone lines can become damaged, leaving people stranded for hours, days or even weeks.

How To Be Ready With An Emergency Kit

Having an emergency kit in your home is the best way to stay ready for a hurricane to strike. Keep emergency food and water wherever you will shelter in your home from the hurricane. Stay away from windows and doors with glass that may shatter, and find a safe area for everyone to gather. If you are not at home, a travel emergency kit can be very useful. Keep an emergency kit in your main house of residence, but also in your vacation homes and your cars, boats, trailers, and campers. You never know where you might need emergency supplies.

List Of Emergency Supplies:

 

Survival Food and Medicine

  • Clean containers for water
  • At least 5 gallons of water per person (which should be enough to last 3 to 5 days)
  • A 3 to 5 day supply of food that doesn’t go bad, this kit is perfect!
  • Baby food or formula
  • Prescription medicines

Safety Items

  • First aid kit and instructions
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Sleeping bags or extra blankets
  • Supplies to make drinking water safe (like iodine tablets or chlorine bleach)

Personal Care Products

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet cleaning cloths (like baby wipes) in case you don’t have clean water
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Tampons and pads
  • Diapers

Make an Emergency Car Kit

In case you need to leave quickly during a hurricane, always keep an emergency kit in your car, too. Make sure you include:

  • Food that doesn’t go bad, this kit is perfect!
  • Flares
  • Jumper cables (sometimes called booster cables)
  • Maps
  • Tools, like a roadside emergency kit
  • A first aid kit and instructions
  • A fire extinguisher
  • Sleeping bags
  • Flashlight and extra batteries

Having a GPS — either in your car or on your smartphone — can help during an emergency too.

Our emergency food kits can keep you ready for anything at a moment’s notice. Stash one in your home and stay prepared for the next 25 years of hurricane seasons. They can travel with you, or just stay in one place, ready to keep your family safe in case of an emergency. Check out all the options available on our website today to get started planning your hurricane kit.

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