…..but you still have a bit of time but it will be more difficult.
This is a HUGE case for being prepared at all times. You’ve known this hurricane was coming and should have been prepared for it already but if you’re not here’s some tips . These tips are good for a bug out situation, like moving out of the path of a hurricane.
The standard is 1 gallon per person per day.
Freeze a few gallons of water now while you still can, that will cut down on the cost of buying ice, if you can find it, and as it melts you can drink it.
Clorox (the real stuff) to purify water if necessary. Below this post I will put the ratio of bleach to water. Boiling your water is best, make sure it’s brought to a roiling boil for several minutes.
Buy only foods that don’t need to be cooked or take little energy to cook. Peanut butter, bread, crackers, Lance crackers are good to have, peanuts, spam, tuna but make sure you have the ability to keep mayo cold, mustard, ketchup, jelly, cereals, comfort foods like cookies and candy, canned hams etc
Make sure you have a manual can opener and eating and cooking utensils.
Dependent on the disaster
4. HEAT & AIR
Dependent on the time of year.
Heat can be accomplished in many ways. I always keep a Big Buddy Propane stove handy and a 20lb tank of propane
For air I have a bunch of $2 battery operated fans, can be found at Walmart
The obvious is candles and don’t forget the matches. If you buy blocks of wax you can use them to make candles or mini hobo stoves.
Flashlights, I prefer mag lights, no batteries to worry about. Give your kids each their own mini mag light, it’ll make them feel kewl and self sufficient and will give them a sense that they have some control over their situation which will alleviate some of their anxiety.
6. HYGIENE & FIRST AID
Baby wipes, hand sanitizer, paper towels, toilet paper, anti bacterial soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hairbrush, anything you use on a daily basis. Make sure you have a first aid kit. Use the hand sanitizer and baby wipes instead of using up your water supply.
Make sure you have a supply of the meds you use every day.
8. PET SUPPLIES
If you have pets, don’t forget the pet food and food and water dishes, any medicines your pet might be on.
Pack up your pictures to take with you or you can store them in a cooler if you stay at home and are worried about flooding, wrap the pictures in baggies or other waterproof containers.
Don’t forget your valuable papers, SS cards, birth certificates, kids shot records, deeds, car and home titles etc.
Chargers for your cellphones and laptops. INVEST IN A CAR INVERTER ( Walmart) so you can run radios, laptops etc for short periods of time. You can also buy a battery charger and recharge batteries and use the inverter to recharge them.
Battery operated or wind up radio.
Books and games for you and the kids. Have them pick 2 (or however many you have room for) of their favorite toys to take with them if you’re bugging out.
Blankets or sleeping bags and pillows. Your own pillow will make all the difference in getting a good nights sleep.
PURIFYING WATER WITH CLOROX
In an emergency, think of this (one gallon of Regular Clorox Bleach) as 3,800 gallons of drinking water.
When the tap water stops flowing, Regular Clorox Bleach isn’t just a laundry-aid, it’s a lifesaver. Use it to purify water, and you’ll have something to drink.
It’s the same in any natural disaster. As the shock wears off and the days wear on, the biggest demand is for drinking water. Time after time, relief crews hand out free Clorox Bleach with simple instructions: use it to kill bacteria in your water and you’ll have purified water to drink. Here’s how: (Store these directions with your emergency bottle of Clorox Bleach.)
First let water stand until particles settle. Pour the clear water into an uncontaminated container and add Regular Clorox Bleach per the chart.* Mix well. Wait 30 min. Water should have a slight bleach odor. If not, repeat dose. Wait 15 min. Sniff again. Keep an eyedropper taped to your emergency bottle of Clorox Bleach, since purifying small amounts of water requires only a few drops. See chart* suggestions for storage bottle replacement.
Don’t pour purified water into contaminated containers. To sanitize water jugs first, see instructions** at right.
Without water and electricity, even everyday tasks are tough. In lieu of steaming hot water, sanitize dishes with a little Clorox Bleach. Just follow the directions below to keep dishes clean.
Whether you use Clorox Bleach in an emergency or for everyday chores, it’s always an environmentally sound choice. After its work is done, Clorox Bleach breaks down to little more than salt and water, which is good news anytime.
*Ratio of Clorox Bleach to Water for Purification
2 drops of Regular Clorox Bleach per quart of water
8 drops of Regular Clorox Bleach per gallon of water
1/2 teaspoon Regular Clorox Bleach per five gallons of water
If water is cloudy, double the recommended dosages of Clorox Bleach.
(Only use Regular Clorox Bleach (not Fresh Scent or Lemon Fresh). To insure that Clorox Bleach is at its full strength, replace your storage bottle every three months.)
**(Clorox Bleach Sanitizing Solution)
Mix 1 tablespoon Regular Clorox Bleach with one gallon of water. Always wash and rinse items first, then let each item soak in Clorox Bleach Sanitizing Solution for 2 minutes. Drain and air dry.
These tips are just some basics for a quick getaway from Irene, tips for a real bug out or long term survival is much more extensive. Personally, if it was me, I wouldn’t be going to the big box stores today, I’d stick to the little dollar stores but since I’m prepared always, I don’t have to go out into the madding crowd.
Links to some prep posts I’ve made.
GOOD LUCK TO ALL IN THE PATH OF THIS HURRICANE.