We really need to get the word out to everyone now before we have another hurricane, and we will, it is inevitable. The past few years have been rough for so many families because of all the damage that comes with the strong winds and rain from a hurricane. We saw Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, to name just two of many we’ve seen.
Many people were prepared in some ways, but we can never be fully prepared for the aftermath so many people had to deal with this year. Some people lost their family members, homes, their food storage, emergency preps and many personal things they can never replace.
Dealing With FEMA/Insurance Companies
Here’s the deal, some people are still cleaning up the mess from the flooding, the downed trees, the mold, and the challenges of dealing with FEMA and their insurance companies. It will take months, and possibly a few years, to restore some of the areas so they are livable again. And some will never be restored, which is really really sad to me.
I still feel strongly that I need to remind people to start their food and water storage, if they haven’t already. So many of us are very prepared because we get it. But, there are still people who just don’t get it.
You would think after seeing the news that people throughout the country would understand we need to be prepared. I was glued to The Weather Channel for weeks, talk about heart-wrenching.
We may live in areas that don’t have storms like those we’ve seen, but many have fires, flooding, and earthquakes, to name just a few disasters. Please start with some of the things I have listed below, today, not tomorrow.
If you are comfortable with talking with your neighbors, please get together, they may be your new best friends after an unforeseen emergency. Trust me on that one, I have personally been through a few disasters.
This is a very short list, but if you just pick and choose the ones you can do ASAP, that would be wonderful.
Important Documents Binder
You know the drill, one-gallon per person per day as recommended by The American Red Cross. I recommend 4-gallons per person per day. You can never have too much water. Add a water purifier and you rock.
I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about the butane stoves I have given my four daughters. They were a Christams gift one year, along with 12 cans of butane to go with it.
If you become wet, having an extra set of dry clothes, jackets, underwear, socks, and shoes would be awesome.
Mylar blankets are great, quilts are awesome. Here is a post I wrote about keeping all the blankets and quilts you may have. 6 Reasons To Store Blankets
If the power is out, the ATM’s will be closed and the gas pumps will not work. If you need to buy something, and if anything is available to buy, you will need small bills.
Keep your gas tank at least 3/4 full
Please keep your tanks as full as possible, you do not want to be in line waiting for gas and then find out the gas pumps are empty.
I have so many of these stockpiled because I learned in my C.E.R.T. class that you can never have too many masks. I listened and followed instructions. These are good ones: N-95 Masks
I have so many boxes of non-latex gloves, it’s almost embarrassing, but that’s how I roll. I hate germs and bacteria.
Whenever there are downed trees you will need a good pair of work gloves. Buy a good pair or two and make sure they fit before you have to use them.
This is one thing I will not share, every one must have their own porta-potty, thank you very much. Just letting you know ahead of time. Linda’s Portable Toilet
Need I say more, we all need it. If your budget allows, have it delivered every month. Toilet Paper
Diapers/Baby Bottles/Baby Food
You may not have a baby in your family, but your neighbor may have a baby she is unable to care for after a disaster and having a few diapers, whether disposable or cloth, would be a blessing. I would need pacifiers for a baby, I raised my girls on pacifiers and they are awesome!
Even if the baby wipe contents dry out just fill it with water, they will be great wipes again. Baby Wipes
I store some paper towels, but I started using these cloth diapers to save money. I love that they are thin and I wash them once a week and rarely use paper towels. Thin Cloth Diapers
Hand Sanitizer/Hand Soap
Clean hands, clean hands, clean hands. We have to be able to keep the bacteria under control after a disaster.
Portable Washing Machine
Now, this can be done with buckets, wash tubs or whatever works for you. If we lose power for an extended period of time, I want clean underwear at the very least. Linda’s Portable Washers
Have you seen this one, I bought it a few months ago. It’s awesome. The Lavario Washing Unit
Clothesline with Clothespins
Here’s the deal, if we lose power for an extended period of time, we will need to wash our clothes and hang them up. Yup, clean underwear at the very least. Here is one Amish large folding dryer I bought a few years ago: Lehman’s Dryer.
Bleach is #1, and gloves to protect your hands and every cleaning product you like to use. I have all of them, trust me.
Personal hygiene supplies
Toothpaste, toothbrushes, shavers, hand soap, deodorant and anything that will make you feel awesome after getting dirty cleaning up a muddy house or another unforeseen disaster.
Women/Girls Monthly Menstrual Supplies
Tampons, menstrual pads, even if you don’t need them. I promise, there will be someone who can use them if the store shelves are empty. You can make these beforehand, you may need them, but someone on your street could use them. Homemade Menstrual Pads
Flashlights-one for every family member
Be sure and have batteries if you buy the battery operated units. Solar ones are great because they do not need batteries.
First Aid Kit
Please rotate your over the counter and first aid supplies. Replenish as needed.
The one in your car will work or use a solar one. P.S. Keep your phone charged.
I hope we all get one new item this week to add to our hurricane emergency preparedness stash. We will never forget the horrific storms people have dealt with this year, and previous storms from years past. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected.
He has family in Puerto Rico. These are the things his family needed after the hurricane. “I have family in Puerto Rico and so my father went down there to help family members and make repairs. In the meantime my brother and I have been looking for certain items he asked us to send there.
Well, I have spoken to people in person and on the phone at about 8-10 different popular stores and many have told me they were waiting for inventory, some didn’t have the items in any of the Florida stores or they were trying to get things from other stores in other states.
Need Battery Powered Items
And those items are battery powered fans, battery powered radios, power inverters, charge controllers and solar panels which are really things that more advanced or knowledgeable people would have, like preppers or survivalists.
At the same time, our closest Walmart keeps running out of the basics like canned meats and “dry milk,” and also “c” and “D” batteries. And there are things they do have that nobody has requested like flashlights, “AA” or “AAA” batteries, matches, lighters or water filters.
Over Charge For Shipping
If anybody had asked me I would have told them what to get and to make a damn list of what they needed, BEFORE my father left as I knew it would be a mess. And shipping the stuff…. forget FedEx or those guys.
They’re nice people, but they wanted to charge between $225 to $300 to ship a 35 pound box. The cost of the 3 solar chargers we packaged was $225.
We paid around $60 at the post office, but think what else we could have bought with those $60 some dollars. We had our own problems here and room for improvement, but the point is made again that preparations need to be made BEFORE an emergency comes.
Collect BEFORE The Storm
And with the distance being such an issue, it creates greater difficulty. I am totally sympathetic to the situation, but it makes me mad that people are so neglectful and my father has me running around trying to find things that could have so easily been collected before the storm hit.
I feel an immense surge of frustration and driven by the urgency to find, buy and send them the supplies that they need, but it would have lessened their suffering if they had reacted sooner.
For everyone’s own benefit and preservation of life, I wish people would learn from this and hopefully next time, they’ll be better off, feeling safer and secure knowing they’ll make it and with less discomfort and fear.”
These are the items they needed:
“C” and “D” Batteries
Battery powered fans (plus lots of batteries)
Battery powered radios (plus lots of batteries)