Hurricane Items You Must Have Before It Hits

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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.

Hurricane Items

Important Documents Binder

Free Download Binder Contents by Linda


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.


Survival Food Storage by Linda

Cooking Devices

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.

You can boil water, cook a meal, and wash dishes by boiling water on this little gem. Butane Stove and Butane Fuel

72-Hour Kits

Linda’s 72-hour Kits Lists

Extra Clothing/Shoes

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

Cash-Small Bills

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.

Read More of My Articles  How To Make Heat In A Can For Hunting or Survival

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.

N-95 Masks

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.

Work Gloves

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.

Portable Potty

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

Toilet Paper

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!

Baby Wipes

Even if the baby wipe contents dry out just fill it with water, they will be great wipes again. Baby Wipes

Paper Towels

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.

Cleaning Supplies

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

Linda’s First Aid Kit

Please rotate your over the counter and first aid supplies. Replenish as needed.

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Phone Chargers

The one in your car will work or use a solar one. P.S. Keep your phone charged.

Final Word

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.

Frank’s Suggestions:

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:

Canned Milk

Canned Meat

“C” and “D” Batteries

Battery powered fans (plus lots of batteries)

Battery powered radios (plus lots of batteries)

Power Inverters

Charge Controllers

Solar Panels

Food Storage In A Small House by Linda

6 thoughts on “Hurricane Items You Must Have Before It Hits

  • August 28, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Linda ~
    People are basically clueless! And it doesn’t seem that people learn from their mistakes!

    All of the items listed in this post are things that are crucial to survival in any given situation, not just hurricanes. For example, we had a power outage last night that lasted for 4 hours. I know that this is something that is very minor – just an inconvenience – in the grand scheme of things going on around the US right now. BUT, I have neighbors for whom this was a major issue: people on oxygen, mobility issues and the like. One neighbor could not call her family (she is on oxygen) to have them come get her because her cell phone was not charged. Fortunately, I have a power bank so she was able to charge her phone. She could have used my phone but she couldn’t find her little book that has numbers in it and couldn’t remember the phone numbers off the top of her head. Others did not have any lighting – no flashlights/batteries.

    Another neighbor was panicking because she could not get her car out of the garage! I think the worst issue I had was my fans not running! Of course, it was very warm in my apartment!

    It always amazes me that this happens. Someone even asked me why/how I had light in my apartment – I told them it was very simple – I have flashlights and camping lights. I for sure was not sitting in the dark during this episode.

    Also, with no electricity, the elevator did not work and those with mobility issues (scooters/walkers) could not exit the building if they had needed to.

    My motto is this: MAKE A PLAN! What is that saying? Those who fail to plan, plan to fail? something like that. I don’t care what the plan is, but make it, think it out. It sure seems that many people just expect everyone around them to take care of them. Those of us who do plan/prepare cannot take care of the masses in situations like hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, power outages, etc.

    I will always help if I can but I have to help myself first. Some people don’t understand that. But, if I am not taken care of (by myself) I cannot take care of others!!

    • August 28, 2019 at 9:45 am

      Hi Leanne, wow! I wish I could shout this comment from my roof! You are so right! All we need are a few basics things to get us through a 4-hour power outage. Make a plan, is critical. You took the words right out of my mouth. Linda

  • August 29, 2019 at 4:53 am

    As I read your article Tropical Storm Dorian is exiting Puerto Rico & the Virgin Islands, moving closer to Florida. Here in NW Florida, close to the Alabama / Florida border…. we may not see many impacts… but we are still getting prepared in case Dorian does make it into the Gulf with enough impetus to reform. (PS… gas prices jumped 10 – 20 cents a gallon yesterday! I imagine gas prices will only comntinue to rise!)

    While we have decent weather we will be moving items that could go airborne into the storage building. Hurricane shutters can go up if needed over the weekend. Our big push will be to figure out where 4 baby goats and their mommas will spend the storm if it comes this way.

    We are well stocked and prepared, but will be checking on friends, family, neighbors to encourage them to get ready and offering assistance in doing so.

    It is so much easier to plan, think about what is needed to survive a disaster, get supplies before a potential disaster heads your way! As both Linda & Leanne stated, make a plan!

    • August 29, 2019 at 5:57 am

      Hi BDN, gas prices jumped 10-20 cents a gallon, yikes!! Please be safe, I know you have a plan, you are so prepared! Your comment makes all of us aware of animals like the baby goats and their mommas. We all know we need to have water, food, etc. It’s the animals, wow. Praying for all of you, Linda

  • September 6, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Here I sit in Virginia Beach getting the last bit of Hurricane Dorian’s fury. And even though we had a plan, I am taking notes (why I came across this post) and making adjustments to my list.
    Each account is different. This was not our first hurricane (and won’t be our last), but we woke up to no power which had not happened before. Thankfully someone had told to make coffee ahead bc “cold coffee is better than no coffee.” God bless that girl!
    My point being, prepare and adapt. And make some coffee! And continue to blog about it, you are reaching people!

    • September 6, 2019 at 5:20 pm

      Hi Maddie, oh, you made my day!!! Thank you so much for your kind words! People make coffee, I love this, thank you, Linda


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