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. This year has been a rough year 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.

Some people were prepared in some ways, but we can never be 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.

Here’s the deal, some people are still cleaning up the mess from the flooding, the downed trees, the mold, and 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.

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 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, 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

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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

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.

Cash-Small Bills

If the power is out, the ATM’s will be closed, 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.

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.


I have so many boxes of non-latex gloves, it’s almost embarrassing, but that’s how I roll. I hate germs and bacteria.

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.

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.

Paper Towels

I store some paper towels, but I started using these 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 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

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.

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

Benue mentioned: My daughter tells me that her dad recently went through 2 CATEGORY 5’s and weeks after, he is still on the island and tells her that there is an incredible amount of glass fragments in the wind, on the sand, on the leaves, etc. As he is working to clear up debris, he is getting cut up all over his body.

Pat reminded me: make sure you add tweezers so you can pull out glass shards. The ones in the first aid kits are typically not high quality.

Phone Chargers

The one in your car will work or use a solar one.

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. You really need to read his comment.

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

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My Favorite Things:

Goal Zero Solar Generators

Goal Zero Solar Flashlights

Dutch Ovens

Kevin’s Clothespins

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

  • October 15, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    My daughter tells me that her dad recently went throught 2 CAT 5’s and weeks after, he is still on the island and tells her that there is an increditable amount of glass fragments in the wind, on the sand, on the leaves, etc. As he is working to clear up debris, he is getting cut up all over his body.

    • October 15, 2017 at 5:12 pm

      Hi, Benue, oh my gosh, this is awful. He is cutting up all his body??? Okay, we need people to be aware of this. I have been through a tornado, and flooding but have never had to deal with glass fragments from CAT 5’s. It sounds to me like we need a full body outfit? Thanks for this awesome comment to let the rest of us know what is going on with air and glass fragments. I just hope his immune system can withstand the cuts from getting infected. This is terrible. May God bless those involved. Linda

      • October 15, 2017 at 11:04 pm

        Linda, with the possibility of glass shards in our body, maybe we should add tweezers to our list of supplies. I know most first aid kits have these, but they are often not a good quality.

        • October 16, 2017 at 6:39 am

          Hi Pat, I’m adding tweezers right now. I’m so glad we can all communicate with each other to know what others need after disasters. Great comment, Linda

        • October 16, 2017 at 6:46 am

          Hi, Pat, I just added your comment and Benue’s to my post. You are so right we need high-quality tweezers. This is a great comment! Thank you, Linda

  • October 15, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Hi Linda,
     I have a question about the N95 masks….do they stop working??  I used one of mine for a few hours for a painting project. So, just wondering if I should keep it or toss it. Thanks for all your great info.

    • October 15, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      Hi Rita, I would toss it. When I took the C.E.R.T. class to be a first responder in our neighborhood, the instructors said to store as many of these as possible. If it has any paint particles it may not work as effectively as you need it to keep your airways clean. I bought some full face ones to protect myself from blood splatters and 100’s of the N-95’s. We will want to hand them out to protect ourselves and others. Thanks, Rita, for your great comment. Linda

  • October 16, 2017 at 4:10 am

    I store my extra blankets in space bags. They are then protected and ready to use if needed.

    • October 16, 2017 at 6:44 am

      Hi Janet, this is a great comment, they take up less space and keep them clean. I Love it! Linda

  • October 16, 2017 at 7:26 am

    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. 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. 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. 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.

    • October 16, 2017 at 10:59 am

      Hi, Frank. oh, how I love your comment! I just added the items you mentioned on my post. This is exactly what we need to do is make a “damn list” !!! I love that comment! It’s so true, and people need to be prepared BEFORE a disaster. You nailed it and I love it! That really is upsetting that FED EX, UPS, or USPS can’t give a little break on the shipping costs. This is why I wrote this post, people must be prepared BEFORE an emergency. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for this awesome comment. I would be frustrated as well. Trust me people need to get it and get it today not tomorrow. Linda

  • October 16, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Thank you very much. I am flattered.
    One night at Walmart, I actually noticed a 120 watt power inverter that someone left lying on some boxes as if they decided not to buy it. I grabbed it and later found it that was THE last one. It was only $15 so I purchased it. I have been learning what these things can do. And with a solar panel, charge controller, inverter and as many batteries as one wishes to buy or can afford we can have functional electronics.
    I later realized that my Toyota Matrix has an outlet for 115 volts already, (Oh darn, I felt silly) but I’m keeping it as this power inverter can be used in another car that may not have an AC outlet or indoors with a car or marine battery to charge or run cell phones, laptops or lights. Usually one uses a 400 watt or an 800 or 1000 for large appliances and larger load requirements, but this will do for those small items we like to use when the power is off. I say if you feel it’s too much of a luxury or investment, treat yourself to a 150 watt plugged into the car or even a 400-800 watt and just a couple of batteries and enjoy the benefit of some power.

    • October 16, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      Hi, Frank, that’s awesome you got the last one! I talk about solar generators a lot. People forget if they have a car phone charger and we don’t have an EMP then we can still charge our phones or tablets in most cases if the cars will start. Toyota makes a great car!! I have a Honda CRV and it keeps on running. I better ask Mark if we have a 115 volts outlet. I love it! Linda

  • October 16, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    I like having lots of canned goods that don’t require heating or added water to be edible, also dried foods that don’t need to cook for a long time. Saves fuel and water. I also added a Biolite camp stove that runs on scrap bits of wood or even pellets. It has built in USB charger so you can charge your phone or radio while cooking. They also have some great emergency lighting systems and solar setups for them. They’re good for camping so not just one purpose. There is a larger cooking stove too but the other stuff is very portable.

    • October 17, 2017 at 7:11 am

      Hi Alice, I agree having some canned goods that are ready to eat and use less fuel is the way to go. We need food items that we can eat right out of the can or uses very little heat. Thanks for the tip on the Biolite. I need to check that one out. I love hearing about items I haven’t tried. Great comment, Linda


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