Do you get that feeling in your gut that you really should be more prepared for bad weather? I know I do.
Its been a few years since the big old oak tree fell on my house during a bad storm. I was very lucky. The damage did not require me to leave the house. My power was out for less than 24 hours. Others in the area were out for a week.
They say you should be prepared for 3 days.
You should have –
A gallon of water per person, per day. Do not store it on a cement floor. It makes a chemical reaction. I have inexpensive metal and plastic shelving units in my utility room. The thing that this recommendation doesn’t take into account is water to flush the toilet. I don’t even know how you would go about figuring that one out. At least the water for the toilet doesn’t have to be as clean.
Fully stocked first aid kit.
Flashlights and fresh batteries, or a crank type.
A battery or crank operated radio. They even makes ones that can charge your cell phone.
A generator would be nice. It could help save all the food in the fridge.
Wipes, both personal and cleaning types.
Non-perishable food. It may not be what you would normally eat, but its better than nothing, right? Think canned fruits and vegetables, beans,etc. You can always cook on a grill or campfire if need be. Keep an extra can openers with your emergency supply.
If you have pets, you’ll need pet food.
If you have a baby, you’ll need diapers and wipes, formula if using, and food at a minimum.
They also suggest that you have important papers in a fire proof safe.
If you have to leave the house, you should have a meeting spot where everyone knows to go. If someone doesn’t show up, they might still be in the house.
It’s not like you have to go crazy. You need enough to get by for a few days. Odds are you won’t need it – but if you do, you’ll sure be glad you took care of it.