Being prepared for a hurricane is incredibly important. I learned the hard way. A few days before a recent hurricane made landfall, I was able to buy supplies and materials that my family needed to get through the natural disaster. After going through the aftermath of that destructive storm, I’ve learned to have valuable items on hand at all times.
I have a decent-size generator, but for people who don’t have one, I recommend getting one as soon as you can. They can be expensive but when you’re in need of one, you will be glad you spent the money to buy one. When we used our generator, we placed it far away from our house so that carbon monoxide didn’t come into our house. When we used our generator, my husband used a heavy duty chain to secure the generator to the garage door rails to ensure that no one could steal it.
In our garage, we store the generator and our empty red gas containers. We buy the gas containers periodically. We now have five containers and if we need to use the generator, my husband fills the cans all at once, along with our vehicles. In my experience, gas runs out first so I’d rather go overboard than be without fuel to run the generator.
I’ve learned over the years that warehouse stores run out of gas cans, flashlights and batteries fairly quick. I have a flashlight in every room of the house and I keep them high enough so that the children don’t play with them. I even have one in each of our bathrooms. I wouldn’t want to be stuck in my windowless bathroom if the power went out.
When news breaks about a hurricane in close proximity to me, I stock up on bottled water and canned foods. I usually have four cases of water on hand and I rotate my stock so my items don’t expire. I buy two loafs of bread at a time. I keep one in the freezer at all times, just in case.
Keeping my house stocked with emergency items wasn’t hard to do since the items I stock up on, are for our everyday use anyway. When I first began collecting for an emergency, I went overboard but since cycling the items around, it’s not so bad. I have been shopping with the intention of having an emergency stock for eight months now. Everyone, including my husband, has gotten the hang of rotating our stocked emergency items.
I believe being prepared the best I can be for a hurricane or other natural disaster is a good thing. Sometimes, things get crazy and busy in my house. I don’t always watch the news or put the weather channel on, so if I get hit by a surprise hurricane, I will be prepared.