I am crossing my fingers that it does not come close to the cost, I do not want the destruction that would come from it to many people nor do I want to be without power for a week. But in the chance that it does happen we should all be prepared. I have put together a list that will help you be prepared just in case. I always look at is it is better to be safe then sorry.
As couponers we tend to have much of this type of stuff stockpiled because we have gotten on sale for cheap, but if you are just starting your stockpile or are not an avid coupon use there maybe things you need to buy to be prepared.
Items to have in your stockpile
- Bottled Water (2-3 gallons per person)
- powdered or canned milk
- canned fruit (make sure you have a non electric can opener)
- Granola bars or energy bars
- Toilet paper
- Baby wipes(not just for the baby but for the rest of the family too)
- batteries(make sure they are the right size your flashlight takes)
- peanut butter(best type of sandwich to make with no power)
- Extra propane (if you have a grill after a storm when the power is still out you can still cook on a grill)
- diapers even if you don’t have a baby(if you are stuck in a room or the power is out using a toilet may not be possible but diapers are made for just that)
- Garbage bags
- If you have family members on special diets make sure you have shelf stable food for them too
- Keep a supply of cooked frozen meat in your freezer, you will be able to eat it after it defrosts if it is already cooked.
- Your pets needs(food, water litter ect, If you have a dog get the training pads and have your dog use them when you are unable to go outside)
- First Aid kit/medicine: make sure you have all the needed items for a first aid kit and a week supply of prescription medication.
- Create a “take box” a box filled with your important paperwork just incase you would need to evacuate.
- Plan an out route, make sure all of your family knows what to do and where to go.
- Make sure your Home owners and renters insurance policies are up to date and have the proper amount of coverage. Better to have to much coverage then not enough.
- Make sure your vehicles are filled with gas.
- If you do not know how to turn off the gas and power to your house learn how to. You can call your gas and electric company and they can tell you what you need to do.
- If you do not have a generator or can not afford one, buy a DC to AC adapter and a heavy duty extension cord. You will be able to use your vehicle as a generator and attach your in home appliances like your refrigerator and a lamp to the car. (Having extra gas in containers and a full tank of gas is needed to do this so be stocked up on fuel)
- Have a battery operated radio, you will want to be able to keep updated on what is going on.
- Make sure you have cash on hand, you will be able to purchase items even if a store does not have credit/debit card abilities.
- Make sure you have activities for the kids: Coloring books, crayons, books, Electronic Games(and extra batteries for them). It would be stressful enough with out kids who are bored asking for something to do.
- Make sure you have your kids favorite things like blankets and dolls readily available, no one wants to be looking in the dark for a child’s favorite blankie.
- Have a corded phone. Many people have the cordless phones that are great for walking around the house with, however they need electric to run a corded phone does not need any electric to run and just because the power is out does not mean the phone lines are too
- Put all pictures that are on your computer on to an external hard drive and CDs. If your computer is plugged in when the storm hits you could lose your computer and everything in it
- Put things like pictures and other items that could be damaged by water in plastic bags and up high and in cabinets. This will protect them from water if flooding in your house should happen.
- If it is going to come where you are make sure you have a room in your house that is safe (no windows, no doors to the outside) that you and your family can go to.
- Make sure everyone in your family knows where to go in the house.
- Have food, radio, and all other needs in the room with you.
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