Sunday 12 July, 2020

Hurricane prep: What’s in your emergency kit?

The hurricane season is upon us – don’t be left unprepared.

Here are some important supplies you should ready in the event of a tropical storm or hurricane, courtesy the US Department of Homeland Security:


1. Drinking water

Although heavy rains mean water everywhere, it won’t be safe to drink. Ensure you stock up on drinking water to last three to five days at least.


2. Food

This goes without saying. Keep non-perishable food like rice or noodles and tinned food along with a manual can opener, enough for at least five days.  Also keep disposable cutlery, cups and plates.


3. Batteries, lights

Keep enough batteries to power a flashlight and hand-held radio. If you can afford it, a solar-powered light or voltaic solar charger kit is also useful in providing a renewable power source for your mobile phone or radio. Also keep a healthy supply of candles, lighters and matches and store in a dry place.


4. First aid kit

This should contain whatever essential medicine your family needs such as pain killers, allergy medication, asthma inhalers, bandages, antibacterial salve, sleep aids, nausea medication etc. Take extra care for persons needing special medication such as diabetics. Women should keep feminine items such as maxi pads or tampons as well as personal hygiene items.


5. Documents

Make sure to have your original documents in a small safe or waterproof, portable container which you can take with you at a moment’s notice. This should contain essential documents such as birth certificates, passports, health cards, legal and financial documents. It is also handy to keep some emergency cash in case banks or ATMS are temporarily inaccessible.


6. Tools

It might be handy to have basic tools for any quick repairs, such as wrenches and pliers, screwdrivers, and other items such as duct tape and perhaps a small sewing kit. If you can, keep an extra gas tank and a two-hob stove burner for preparing quick meals and boiling drinking water.


7. Clothes

Keep a few items of clean clothing for any eventualities such as jeans, shirts, warm clothing, underwear, shoes and socks. Waterproof jackets, umbrellas and rain boots are also good to have. 


8. Emergency information

Keep numbers and other emergency contact numbers close at hand so you can access updates and/or assistance quickly.


What other items do you think should be kept safely in the event of a tropical storm or hurricane?


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