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Given modern warning systems, you can literally out-
walk an approaching hurricane. Thus the best advice?
If it’s not secured, it can move.
Board and tape windows. Plywood is best for
For taping windows use alligator tape, not duct or
Fasten your roof with tie down straps.
Turn off gas and/or propane.
Secure all outdoor furniture. Put in pool in you have
Clear debris away that will become projectiles in
Close garage doors.
If you are caught at home and can’t evacuate:
Turn your freezer and refrigerator to their coldest
Pack any coolers with as much ice as possible and
use this first before opening fridge once power goes
Fill bathtubs with water.
Make sure all vehicles are topped off.
Know where the closest shelter for you and pets is.
Do not use tap water after a storm until certain it’s not
It’s too late to prepare once the hurricane is on you.
There will also be a huge run of panicked people buying
many of these same items, so order it now so you have
This sounds trite, but after every hurricane, most people
list these following items as things they wished they’d
had on hand.
Not only for the hurricane itself, but as importantly, for
living afterwards in the chaos.
A checklist is at the end of these items.
What To Have Ready BEFORE
Family Locator-GPS Tracker for Android.
Emergency Alert System for Apple.
Red Cross Hurricane App for Apple
Red Cross Hurricane App for Android
National Hurricane Center Web Site
Apps are essential for warning, for summoning help
and giving location, and for finding your family and
Also, remember that a text is more likely to get through
than a voice call.
Click on links below to get apps and check web site.
Enough for at least three days.
Minimum is one gallon per person, per day.
Double that for warm climates.
8 average 500ml water bottles is just over one gallon.
A case of water (24 bottles) is the minimum three days
supply per person.
I recommend two cases per person.
Non-perishables for three days minimum.
Food that doesn’t require refrigeration.
Don’t have food that will make you thirsty.
Plan for infants and special dietary
Keep separate and out of normal food
Note expiration dates.
Click on image for a good supply from the
company that made our Long Range
Patrol meals in Special Forces. It’s what
we have on hand and in our grab-n-go
Also good for camping.
Click on image for link
I have a variety of ration bars (click on each for
Grizzly Bear Emergency Food Rations
Below are some before going into a ziplock bag
and into my Jeep.
A small, portable stove is very useful. I
use the MSR Dragonfly for camping and
my grab-n-go bag. Make sure you have
plenty of fuel.
Click on image for link
Keep a flashlight within reach of your bed.
I recommend battery power for emergencies rather than
rechargeable. Below is an inexpensive D-Battery light
and a single AAA light I keep in a sheath with my
Click on image.
Flashlight & Spare Batteries
Know what the emergency broadcast stations are.
Below is a hand crank radio/flashlight combo I have on
hand and in all my grab-n-go bags. Click on image for
Portable battery/hand crank radio.
There are plenty of prepared ones you can buy.
Below is one I have in my house and in my grab-n-go
Click on image for link.
Make sure you have medications to last a week.
Extra glasses, contacts, etc.
First Aid Kit
I recommend adding some emergency quick-clot
bandages to your first aid kit. I keep these in the kits
and carry one on my bike. It’s been used and I can
verify it works.
First Aid Kit
Make sure it’s charged and everyone knows where it is.
Click on image.
Power will be out. ATMs won’t work
Store computer systems will have crashed.
It will be a cash environment for a while.
Until it’s a Zombie environment.
I’d have you click on image, but instead, go to your
I always have the one on the left on my belt along with
the single battery flashlight. It gets used every day.
I have the vice grips Leatherman on the right in my
Jeep and it gets used a lot. The flashlight was linked
A Leatherman w/ small light
What about your pet?
Food, medications, water?
How to turn off the water coming into the house.
How to turn off the power.
Where the safe spots in the house are.
Where the family ERP- emergency rally point— outside
the house where all will gather is.
Who the single emergency point of contact is for the
Everyone in your
household needs to
The safest place is a basement.
Stay away from windows and doors.
The strongest room is often the bathroom or a walk in
closet, closest to the center of the house.
In a two story house, the strongest wall is the stairwell.
If no basement, stay on the first floor.
During A Hurricane
Remember that a tidal
surge can cause flooding.
Do not light a match.
Don’t move too much as you can cause further
Tap on something, preferably a pipe, with something
hard, rather than yell as you could inhale toxic dust.
If you can see light and have a path, crawl toward it.
If you encounter vertical rubble, check to see if it is load
bearing before moving anything.
During A Hurricane:
No matter how hard it gets,
A survivor must have: Above all a determination to
All else is secondary. Fear serves a purpose, but too
fear can paralyze.
This slideshow is an example of what’s in the companion
books on the next page. A common sense approach to
preparing for, and surviving emergencies and disasters.
The book on the left is how you prepare NOW.
The book on the right, is your guide to surviving an
emergency or catastrophe given you’ve prepared.
The handbook in the center is a discounted, distilled
version of both books with the most important basics
- click on cover for any.
I highly recommend getting at least one print copy of the
survival manual. During an emergency you can’t count
on an eBook. It’s pocket-sized— shown next to my
trusty, old Ranger Handbook. I keep one in the glove
compartment of each car, in every Grab-n-Go bag and
also give them as gifts— the gift of life. Click on image
for print version
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