Florida got lucky when Hurricane Dorian decided to shift directions and didn’t make landfall on the Florida coast. I let out a sigh of relief when that happened because I always get nervous when there’s a hurricane coming. Before the hurricane came, I did a lot of research and looked at a few articles about hurricane prep. Those articles told me to buy all these expensive things that I thought really weren’t necessary. Therefore, I thought this would be the perfect time to do my own post about preparing for a hurricane and laying out the bare necessities. You don’t need to get a fancy weather radio or cases of bottled water. In fact, most of what you need you probably already have.
Items You Already Have:
A lot of people go out and by a ton of bottled water before a hurricane, but it’s totally unnecessary and expensive. Just take some reusable water bottles or cups from your house and fill them up with water from your fridge or other filtered water device you have. It’s much better for the environment too.
Don’t go out and buy a ton of snacks for the hurricane! It will be expensive and the more snacks you have at home the more likely you are to eat them all – usually before the hurricane actually hits. If you think about it, you probably have non-perishable foods at home already like canned tuna, peanut butter, and nuts.
We all have flashlights at home somewhere in our junk drawers – but for some reason when a hurricane is coming everyone thinks they need 12 different flashlights. Believe it or not, each person only needs one flashlight. What you really need is extra batteries for that flashlight.
First Aid Kit
You also don’t need to go out and buy a brand new first aid kit just for a hurricane. You most likely already have a first aid kit in your house that you have rarely used.
We all have candles at home that we use for decorative purposes or to make our house smell nice. Guess what? They can also be used to provide light in the event of a power outage. No need to go and buy more candles.
Items You Need to Get
As I mentioned before, you only need one flashlight. However, you do need extra batteries as the batteries don’t last forever. If you don’t stockpile batteries at home, it is definitely a good idea to buy some before the hurricane.
You will probably already have candles at home, but not everyone has enough matches or a lighter. This is definitely something you want to get in advance so you can keep those candles burning for light.
Car Phone Charger
If you lose power the one thing you want to make sure remains fully charged is your cell phone. It’s so important to keep it charged and some people do that by having extra battery banks, but the easiest way to keep it charged in my charging it in your car. If you lose power, you can still turn on your car and charge your phone with a car charger.
Weather radios are very expensive and totally unnecessary. In this highly connected day in age, there is no reason to have a weather radio. You can use your phone to get updates and just need to make sure you keep it charged. Also, you don’t need a weather radio to tell you when it’s safe to go back out – you will be able to tell by looking outside your window.
Paper Plates & Plastic Utensils
Every time there is a hurricane coming everyone gets paper plates and plastic utensils, and everyone has them sit in their house all year long because they never used them and own’t have a reason to use them for the rest of the year. No one actually cooks anything when there is a hurricane – they just eat snacks. Usually, right out of the bag. So save some money and the planet, and don’t buy any.
I have always been told that you need to have cash on hand for when a hurricane rolls around. The reasoning being that if the power goes out places won’t be able to use card readers and you won’t be able to buy anything. This is simply not true. Most stores have back-up plans and manual ways to accept card even when their reader is down. Save the ATM fee and don’t bother getting cash on hand.