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Hurricane Prep List

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on September 6, 2017

Here is a repeat of my annual Hurricane Prep List. You still have time to prepare for Irma.

 

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1. Buy bags of ice. Put on lower shelves in freezer, and later in fridge if power is out, so melting ice doesn’t flood the interior. Or freeze water in plastic containers ahead of time to help keep food cool. You can use old water bottles instead of discarding them. Turn fridge to coldest setting ahead of storm.
2. Buy bottled water, fruit juices, sports drinks, and caffeinated beverages that you can drink cold or at room temperature. Fill plastic pitchers and other containers with tap water and refrigerate for drinking.
3. Have enough food in stock. Fruits that keeps well: grapes, apples, bananas. Applesauce and other packaged fruits are good buys. Get bread for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. You can buy peanut butter in individual portions. Get snack packs with cheese, crackers, peanut butter, dried fruits, apple slices, or grapes. Canned chicken, baked beans, and nuts are good sources of protein. Canned tuna or salmon tend to smell more if there’s no garbage pickup. Or buy the tuna in water in a pouch.
4. Cook and eat the perishable foods in your freezer and refrigerator. Hard boil your eggs, and make sure you cook dinner early as the storm approaches in case the power goes out.
5. Consider boarding your pet at a kennel or make plans to secure your pet with enough supplies.
6. Back up important computer files. Send an email to yourself at another online address with your most recent files. Back up to a thumb drive that you can carry around.
7. Bring in all loose objects from outside.
8. Do the laundry.
9. Perform personal grooming essentials. It’s hard to shave and wash hair with no lights, and the water might get contaminated.
10. Fill gas tank in car.
11. Get extra cash to have on hand. ATM’s won’t work in a power failure.
12. Pay bills due or coming due.
13. Charge cell phone, tablet, and other portable electronics. Get a portable charger.
14. Prepare a list of repairmen and tree trimmers who might be needed.
16. Buy hand sanitizer and moist wipes in case the water is contaminated.
17. Have paper plates and cups on hand along with plastic utensils and paper towels.
18. Stock up on trash bags to clear away debris.
19. Place a flashlight or battery-run lantern in each room. Buy extra batteries, cooking fuel if necessary, duct tape, and plastic sheeting. Candles can be a fire hazard, and they don’t provide enough light to read by in the dark.
20. Put insurance papers and other important documents into a plastic bag for quick departure, or store copies in a separate location. Scan them into your computer files and backup to the Cloud.
21. Buy an emergency hand-crank radio that also comes with a light and a cell phone charger
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22. Learn how to open your garage on manual in case power goes out. Keep instructions handy.
23. Get a good paperback book to read.

Watch the weather reports at:
National Hurricane Center:
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
Navy Tropical Cyclone Page: http://www.nrlmry.navy.mil/TC.html
National Weather Service, Miami: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mfl/
The Weather Channel: http://www.weather.com/
Broward County Hurricane Page: http://www.broward.org/hurricane/Pages/Default.aspx

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15 Responses to “Hurricane Prep List”

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  2. Sharon Forrest said

    Good tips. Even though I’m not in hurricane range, these would come in handy when we have power outages during a blizzard.

  3. servedogmom said

    Thankful the storm has passed and you are safe.

  4. celiawfowler said

    I’m so glad you are all right! Congratulations on your book release tomorrow (don’t you love Tuesdays?) ~

  5. Michelle Fidler said

    Maybe have a cooler too. You can always eat canned goods (without heating them) if you’re desperate. Hormel Compleats would be good too. I enjoy reading in the dark on my phone. Then you need your phone or tablet to be fully charged before the power goes out. One of those backup battery charges would be great.

    We’ve played board games when the power went out. I remember playing Trouble. We played by flashlight but it would’ve been easier if we had a lantern. Luckily here in Ohio we don’t lose power much.

  6. Elizabeth Robinson said

    These are good tips for any weather situation.

  7. Jackie Wisherd said

    I think these would be good tips for anyone not only those in hurricane prone states.

  8. meredith said

    good ideas! hope no more hurricanes for awhile

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