In 2017 when Hurricane Irma hurled down the Gulf Coast, those who did not take not get pre-stocked of the recommended items to have in a hurricane kit later understood why those items are so crucial.
Heading to the store right before such a mass storm event was an expected to hit, ended in desperation. Stores were packed from wall to wall with people wanting the same items, but all the shelves were empty. It took over a week to get products in again and become fully stocked.
This is why for this reason, and so many more, the crew at SERVPRO of Hernando County has create our own individual hurricane ready kits BEFORE the peak season hits. We have dedicated to do this not only this year, but for all the years to come. Even though we have hopes a deadly hurricane doesn’t occur, we stay ready for whatever unfolds.
After a disaster hits there is the potential you need to survive on your own for multiple days to come. Getting ready for a hurricane does not mean just for when the weather is happening, but for the aftermath and what follows. When surviving on your own, you need the essentials such as water, food, and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours.
Do you have your kit ready? Below is a list of the important basics to have stocked and ready to go. Majority of items listed are at low cost and pretty east to locate, but most importantly all of these items could save your life or a loved one. To look deeper and gain more details on how to stay prepared, check out ready.gov .
Recommended items for basic emergency supply kids include:
- Water (one gallon per person per day)
- Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
- Manual can opener
- Battery operated radio
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust masks or bandanas
- Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Hygiene items
- Important documents
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container