Florida Hurricane Supplies Checklist & Hurricane Survival Guide
Hurricane Season runs from August – November. Rain, lightening, strong winds and flash floods can be expected at any given time during Florida’s traditional “rainy season”. During this time, it is essential to be prepared for a tropical depression or tropical storm to form in the gulf or Atlantic Ocean. After preparing for a hurricane during the first few months after moving to Florida, I’m share with you my hurricane supplies checklist & hurricane survival guide so you can be prepared in the event of a hurricane or natural disaster.
Canned/dry milk, powdered drink mix, and juices
Cookies, cracker, chips
Instant coffee or an old fashion drip percolator for coffee
Freezer bags, paper plates, paper towels, toilet paper and bleach
Manual can opener
First Aid Kit
Feminine supplies & personal hygiene items
Matches – store in a waterproof container
Battery operated fans
Whistle to signal for help
Pet food and extra water for your pet
Books, games, and puzzles
Bug spray and anti itch medicine for clean up, yard work or dealing with a broken window.
Contractor sized trash bags, Good for both cleanup & keeping things dry.
Battery powered fan, radio, and alarm clock
Hurricane Survival Guide & Tips to Stay Safe During a Hurricane
*It’s hard to find things in a dark house — put supplies in a central location.
*Bring a saw in the house if you can. You may need it to get out.
*Charge everything you own. Cell phones, tablets, and computers.
*Put your small pets in a crate or carrier. Make sure they have ID, collars & leashes.
* Cash from ATM, at least enough to get you through tolls and gas out of town. Call your bank if you plan to evacuate so they don’t freeze your card for out-of-area “suspicious” transactions. You may need to pay helpers for clean up or repairs
* Take photos or screenshots of all important docs (birth certificates, social security cards etc) & send to your email. Place originals in sealed bags or plastic bins.
*A weather radio is essential in case electricity and cell service are both unavailable.
* Update your homeowners insurance and take a video of all of your belongings in case your house is damaged.
* Secure or bring into the garage, all objects outside that could become projectiles.
*Generator, gas cans and a gas supply for at last week. Generators are ideal but expensive. Generators are priceless in the event of a small hurricane when electricity is out.
*Fill the washing machine, sinks, and bath tubs with ice to use a cooler. Once ice melts, it will just go down the drain. Use empty soda bottles, plastic containers, and even your pots and pans filled with water to create large blocks of ice to keep refrigerators cool until electricity can be restored.
*Worried about food in the fridge? How will you know if the contents in your freezer melted and was warm to an unsafe temperature? Will the food in your freezer be safe to consume when you return from evacuating? Place a cup of water in your freezer. Freeze it solid. After frozen solid into a block of ice, place a quarter on top of the ice block in the cup. Place cup back in your freezer before you evacuate. When you come back you’ll be able to tell if your food thawed and refroze or if it stayed frozen to the proper temperature while you were gone. If the quarter has fallen to the bottom of the cup, then the contents of your freezer means defrosted. Do not eat. All contents of the freezer should be disposed of. A cooler with wheels is great to pack things in if you need to leave or walk to the store for ice.
*Keep important items dry and off the floor by placing on the bed, a shelf, in the oven, dishwasher, or microwave.
*Fill sand bags and place in front of your door to prevent water from coming in. If sandbags aren’t available bags of top soil or kitty litter will work as well.