With the fall season being upon us, chances are we have plenty of bad storms ready to rear their ugly head. While we do have meteorologist who try their hardest to predict such events, there’s truly no telling when or where a storm may hit, let alone predict its severity until it actually happens.
A perfect example of this is the derecho that took a major bite out of the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest back in June 2012. The storm left a devastating trail of damage, and the worst part is that no one really saw it coming. For this reason alone, having the proper emergency supplies on hand at all times is the best way to be prepared for a storm, whether or not you know it’s coming.
Here is a list of 15 items that you should have stored in the event you are hit with any type of bad storm:
- Flashlights and/or Lanterns: Keep them handy and easily accessible in the event of a power outage.
- Plenty of Backup Batteries: Those flashlights won’t be doing diddly squat if the batteries are dead.
- Candles: Candles never run out of batteries and are perfect for keeping your surroundings illuminated for long periods of darkness.
- Butane Lighter: You’ll need something to light your candles with, and while matches are an option, a lighter can survive getting wet.
- Gasoline: If you have a generator, a back-up supply of gas is a must. Furthermore, you never know if you might need gas for your automobile.
- Fire Extinguisher: With all this talk about candles, lighters and gasoline, it’s only natural that I mention a fire extinguisher, something that every home should have.
- Battery Operated Radio: A radio is a surefire way to stay informed about the current storm and safety situations. Furthermore, a radio can serve as a slice of much needed entertainment.
- Water: You never know how a bad storm could affect your water supply, either rendering undrinkable, or in certain situations, leaving homes without any access to water at all.
- Non-perishable Food: Things like cereal bars, canned fruit and maybe even some cookies are good to have in the event that you are unable to cook a regular meal.
- Cash: Some stores might stay open during a power outage, however, they likely will not be able to process credit/debit cards, so keep a small amount of cash handy.
- Cooler/Ice: An ice-filled cooler is a great way to keep any necessary food items from going bad.
- Battery-powered/Car Cell Phone Chargers: Often your cell phone will work during a power outage, but the battery life will only last so long, so having access to a charger that will work is a must.
- First Aid Kit: Accidents happen, and a fully-stocked first aid kit is simply a must for every household.
- Hand Sanitizer: If you do not have access to clean water, hand sanitizer can keep your hands germ free.
- Diapers and Formula: If you have children, keep a back-up stash of both diapers and baby formula in case you aren’t able to leave the house for a long period of time.
If you do not already have these times on hand, there is no better time than now to get them all together and take an inventory of what you have and where it is. Better yet, have the family join you, this way they know where everything is in case you aren’t around if a storm hits.
Got any items you would add to your emergency kit? Share them with us in the comments below!