Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

Just copy and paste.

I wrote this post-Irma about things we had and things I wish we’d had.

Websites for tracking the storm:

Weather Underground

Ventusky

NOAA

To have already:

You don't want to go to the store, fight for things, or wait in line. Have these things in your home already. Certain things you want to remain unopened, keep them in a safe place like a storage room. 

- [ ] A battery-operated drill

- [ ] 2 battery-operated radios

- [ ] 3 battery industrial fans (10+ hours)

- [ ] Disposable plates & cutlery - in their plastic wraps, unopened

- [ ] Toilet paper & paper towel - in their plastic wraps, unopened

- [ ] Plenty of fresh sheets & towels in a sealed Rubbermaid bin

- [ ] Have some perishable foods, gallons of water, shelf milk, shelf juices, and individual water bottles - but at the first sign of a hurricane coming, FILL UP!

- [ ] Plenty of candles

- [ ] Matches & lighters

- [ ] Flashlights

- [ ] Crank flashlights

- [ ] Kerosene lamps

- [ ] Propane stove

- [ ] Propane washer & dryer

- [ ] Generator, if possible

- [ ] Extra propane tank(s)

- [ ] Portable charger

- [ ] Cards, board games, dominos

- [ ] Mosquito zappers, batteries

- [ ] Mosquito spray

- [ ] Buckets (fill them with water for bathing, washing...)

- [ ] Hand sanitizer

- [ ] First aid kit

- [ ] Car charger

- [ ] Have a mosquito net put away for after the storm to put up around your bed

- [ ] If you can, get an extension or a plug for your car to be a plug to charge anything

- [ ] Batteries - AA, AAA, D -- enough for everything to run out twice

- [ ] Garbage bags - three XL boxes 

- [ ] Duct tape, electrical tape, flex seal tape

- [ ] Tarps

- [ ] A hose to funnel water from the cistern

- [ ] Waterproof toiletries bag - soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes

- [ ] Buy things like flex seal to seal anywhere that's leaking before the leak gets out of hand

- [ ] Rubbermaid bins to pack everything away - have these in advance

- [ ] If you want to, have a backup phone that will take your chip or have an extra phone battery

To do/get when the storm's coming:

These are the last minute things you need to do. As soon as you hear the storm's coming, stock up. The night before the storm, prepare!

- [ ] Charge everything to 100%, keep everything on the charger until the power goes out

- [ ] Make sure you have phones on every different network in the house - for us that's Sprint, Choice, Viya, and AT&T

- [ ] Have the FireChat app

- [ ] Have ONE out of town emergency contact for everyone to contact instead of trying to contact each other

- [ ] Fill up your gas tank the very last time you head home before the storm

- [ ] Have an extra tank(s) of gasoline on hand - car, generator

- [ ] Check on your neighbors BEFORE the storm to see who's going to be home

- [ ] Make sure you have no reason to be on the road after the storm

- [ ] Kerosene for you lamps

- [ ] Know where the nearest shelter is

- [ ] Have a clear evacuation plan

- [ ] Put all your clothes in Rubbermaid bins and seal them

- [ ] Don't eat any of your perishables until after all of your refrigerated food is gone

- [ ] Pack important things in Rubbermaid bins & wrap them with duct tape

- [ ] Have an evacuation bag ready with the essentials for each person

- [ ] Tshirts & shorts that you can get really dirty and won’t care if you just throw them away

- [ ] Anything you don't want to get wet, put it in Rubbermaid bins & ziploc bags

- [ ] Laundry & dishes done

- [ ] Perishable foods - canned everything

- [ ] Gallons of water

- [ ] Individual water bottles

- [ ] Baby formula

- [ ] Boxed milk, cereal, packaged snacks, canned tuna, shelf milk, canned chicken, canned fruit, canned juice, canned beans, rice, bread - anything PACKAGED - processed food! Nothing frozen or refrigerated.

- [ ] Pack your underwear/buy extra underwear

- [ ] Diapers & wipes - stockpile

- [ ] Wipes for everybody

- [ ] Bottles of juices that don't need to be refrigerated -- Powerade, for example

- [ ] Be ready to hand-wash your clothes (soap, buckets)

- [ ] Hurricane shutters on the windows

- [ ] Lots of towels, beach towels, etc

- [ ] Sandbags - by every door & have extras for any water that starts to come in

- [ ] Make the assumption your roof will come off and act accordingly - assume everything will get wet, assume everything will fly, and assume you will need to evacuate.

ListsJayda Ivy