We asked our astute readers – many of whom have weathered flash floods, tropical storms, and Hurricane Ike, Rita, and Katrina – what severe weather and storm preparation tips they’d recommend. Here’s what they said:
Things To Do:
- Back up your phones and computers to a cloud based service.
- Charge your cell phone. If the power goes out, you won’t be able to.
- Print a hard copy of important phone numbers, emergency contacts, and insurance information, in a water-proof plastic bag.
- Fill your car with gas.
- Fill your freezer with ice.
- Fill any prescription medications that you’ll need within the next 2 weeks.
- Wash all your laundry.
- Fill your bathtubs with water so that if your tap water goes out you can bail water into your toilet and flush it.
- If you’re expecting high winds or tornadoes in your area, board up your windows and bring anything portable that could become a projectile (kid’s toys, dog bowls, bird baths, plant pots, etc.) into your garage or shed.
Things To Get:
- Bottled water. Your tap water can be compromised during a bad storm.
- Fruit, bread, canned food, and other food you don’t have to cook or refrigerate … granola bars, nuts, beef jerky, trail mix, peanut butter, crackers, tuna pouches, canned milk, juice boxes …
- Propane for your grill and BBQ sauce. If you need to get rid of fresh meat in your fridge and freezer, you might as well make a party out of it.
- Flashlights and plenty of batteries
- Battery powered radio and extra batteries
- Candles and matches or lighters
- Paper plates and disposable cups and silverware. You may not have safe tap water to wash things in, and you don’t want dishes building up.
- Paper towels. Lots of paper towels.
- Toilet paper and baby wipes
- Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes. Again, you might not have safe tap water, so you’ll need an alternate way to wash your paws.
- Bug spray (for your body) and insecticide (for killing pests). With no AC you may need to open windows. And with all the water, mosquitoes won’t be the only critters seeking refuge in your home.
- Cash, so if you need to buy anything while the power is out … you can.
- A deck of cards, board games, books …
- First aid supplies
- And last – but not least – many of our readers recommended wine and beer 🙂