Hurricane Preparedness -- What To Take When You Evacuate
There are tons of informational lists out there for hurricane prep. But if you’re getting hit by anything a category 3 or up, I personally recommend just evacuating. This is my personal recommended list for what to take when you evacuate:
Flashlights (I recommend the little headlamps with adjustable elastic bands. They use cheap but bright LED lights, cost as little as $1, and leave your hands free. Don’t use candles – even if you manage to keep your matches dry, open flame presents a fire hazard and kids are likely to burn themselves.)
Water (1 gallon per person for each day – don’t forget some for pets).
Toilet paper, pads, & tampons
Trashbags in multiple sizes
Non-perishable food (Lipton cup soup, ramen, tuna, jerky, pretzels, etc)
Important documents (birth/marriage certificates, licenses/ID, professional certifications, wills, etc – a cheap and easy way to store these is in gallon Ziploc bags)
Pet food (non-perishable), leash/harness, comfort toy or bed
Diapers and wipes (even if you have a potty-trained toddler, grab a couple days’ worth becuse kids tend to regress in stressful situations)
Chargers (have an alternative on hand, like extra batteries or solar/car chargers)
Phone numbers and contact info (write it down, your phone may not be accessible)
Spare tire, jack, motor oil, antifreeze, radiator stop leak, portable battery charger
2-3 changes of clothes for you and your kids
First aid kit and comfort medicines (Tylenol, antihistamines, etc)
Prescription medicines and a list of dosages
Medical information kit for everyone and any pets (blood types, allergies, etc – write it down)
Identifying information and a current photo for everyone with you (including pets)
Comfort items (blankets, pillows, pictures of loved ones, a favorite book, toys for kids and pets)
Remember, if the professionals say you should evacuate, then fucking evacuate. Your house and your stuff is replaceable, you aren’t. If you do stay behind, remember:
- Keep a life vest or flotation device on hand if you get caught in a flash flood.
- Don’t drive through moving water. If you do feel your car starting to get swept away, immediately roll down the windows and undo your seat belts so you can get out in a hurry.
- Don’t go into an attic, climb onto the roof.
- Stay away from windows or make sure they’re boarded up securely (100+ mph winds can turn any projectile deadly).
If you are undocumented, write down contact information for immigration lawyers ahead of time.
If you have special needs, leave early.
Better safe than sorry.
Remember: Hurricanes happen every year. Yes, they can be devastating, but they aren’t the end of the world. We can and do survive and rebuild. Don’t panic and don’t make yourself sick with worry. Preparedness is for peace of mind.
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