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Preparing your disaster survival kit

12:30 PM, Aug 23, 2012   |    comments
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The best time to get hurricane survival supplies is now. While preparing your hurricane survival kit, start early and have a little fun. This is your best bet to save time, stress and money on supplies. First for you, here are some easy tips to get you started.

By shopping now, it is easier to find your favorite items on sale. You can also take your time at some of the shopping clubs that will often have a better deal on bottled water and other items than other retail outlets.

Keep in mind that this kit has to have the essentials to keep you and your family going during a hurricane. It could take three to seven days for the power to return and for help to arrive after the storm is gone.
 
The key is to get an early start and now is a good time. Don't wait for a watch or warning because there will be throngs of people at the stores shopping for the same things you need. You are less likely to find needed items at the price and the quantity that's best for your budget if you wait.

You can make getting your supplies fun by preparing a list and letting the kids select some of their favorite non-perishable snacks. After you have stocked up on food, water, batteries and flashlights, you can concentrate on gathering important papers and medicines. Let's look at some basic items:

  • Water - at least 1 gallon per person per day for three to seven days.
  • Non-perishable food and beverages - enough for three to seven days. Be sure to pick canned foods and juices. Peanut butter and crackers are also good.
  • Water purification tablets
  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • Portable radio with extra batteries
  • Cash/Traveler's checks (Banks and ATMs are out of service during a loss of power.)
  • Bleach
  • Medicines
  • Special dietary and baby foods
  • Eating and cooking utensils
  • Matches or lighters
  • Emergency camping/cooking equipment, such as a charcoal grill
  • Heavy-duty trash bags
  • Heavy work gloves (for when you return home to clean up)
  • Rope/duct tape/tarp
  • Blankets and/or sleeping bags
  • Manual can opener
  • Paper plates and plastic utensils
  • Extra clothing for one week and rain gear
  • Lightweight folding chairs/cots
  • Personal care items and toilet paper
  • Quiet games or a favorite toy for the children
  • Spare eyeglasses
  • List of important phone numbers
  • Identification - You will have to prove that you live in the area to be allowed entry by law enforcement personnel
  • First-aid kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Pet carrier(s) and pet food
  • Containers for sewage (5-gallon buckets with covers)
  • Copies of important papers such as insurance, birth certificates, deeds, household inventory, driver license, Social Security card, etc.
  • Most recent bills from creditors so payments won't be missed

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