There's all of the obvious precautions that people tell you about, boarding up your windows, have plenty of water, and candles, but there is so much more that goes into hurricane prep. In this article you will find ideas and preparation tactics that are often forgotten to help better prepare when a hurricane strikes.
The first thing is to have a designated spot for everything. One of the biggest issues is trying to find and gather everything right before the storm. A big clear plastic tote in the garage or attic is perfect to store all of your flashlights, candles, blankets, ect. Second, thing is don’t wait until the last minute and try to go by everything at once. The stores will be crowded, overpriced, and picked over. Instead, gather items throughout the year that you may need. Hit up sales on any camping gear throughout the year. Propane powered grills are the best thing to have when the power goes out. If you don’t have a propane grill, you can line a terracotta pot with a few sheets of aluminum foil and place charcoal in it and you can cook over that. No more cold soup during a power outage.
Long burning candles can cost a fortune and I was really surprised by the quality for the price. I found a very savvy way to make your own long burning candles for just a few bucks. If you go to any craft store, you can purchase soy wax flakes and candle wicks. Then buy a case of canning jars. Melt the wax on the stove and pour into the jars with the wick sticking up and let them set. These candles will last forever and not break the bank. Speaking of lighting, one of the most aggravating things about a power outage is constantly holding a flashlight to cook, clean, ect. Battery powered lanterns are an essential when it comes to convenience.
One of the most stressful things when the power goes out is the thought of what to do with all of the food in the fridge. Throwing it out would be a waste but with no power the food will spoil. I good tip is to freeze water in any bottles or plastic containers and place them in the empty space throughout your fridge. This will help to keep the temperature down in the fridge and possibly save your food. When the water melts, you can use it as drinking water.
Have plenty of entertainment. Living in a technology driven world, we often forget how to entertain ourselves during a power outage. Have plenty of games and books to help pass the time and prevent you from going stir crazy. Be sure to have a fully charged phone battery at all times in case of emergency. You can stock up on battery powered chargers that will keep you up and running.
One thing that is often overlooked with all of the attention placed on the hurricane is that you need to have a tornado plan as well. Make sure to have a place to go in the home that is low, has no windows, and is in the center of the home.
Be sure to have a plan for potty breaks for pets, especially larger dog breeds. If you have a back patio or garage, place a piece of sod, purchased at a home improvement store, on the concrete. This will allow your dog to use the bathroom “outside” without getting blown away from the powerful winds.