Survive Hurricane Season Prepping Checklist

The 2018 hurricane season is predicted to be even worse than 2017. It seems like every year people wait until the storm warnings begin to think about getting prepared. Don’t find yourself standing in long lines for the bare basics to survive hurricane season. Get your family ready now.

Survive Hurricane Checklist

Don’t Fall For These Hurricane Myths

First of all, lets get some of the myths associated with hurricanes out of the way, shall we?

Myth #1: Tape Your Windows Before A Hurricane. Nope. When high winds hit an untaped window, the pieces of glass shatter into a zillion pieces. However, when high winds hit a taped window, the pieces of glass break into big pieces that could really do damage to you. The zillion little pieces might take longer to clean up, but at least you’ll still be able to clean them up.

Myth #2: Crack Open Your Windows To Stabilize Pressure. Buildings aren’t airtight. They aren’t going to explode during a hurricane. But, opening a window will allow violent wind into your home. And when that wind gets in, it’s going to look for a violent way out.

Myth #3: I Only Need To Board Up The Windows Facing The Water Since when do hurricane winds only blow in one direction? Plus, boarding up your windows protects things from the outside flying through your windows into you home.  BTW, if you do plan to board up your windows, have them pre-cut and ready to go.

PRO TIP:  *this post contains affiliate links Each window you board up will require 4 windstorm window clips.  Get them before the storm season starts.

Myth #4: Leaning Against A Door Or Window Being Blown In By Wind Pressure Will Save It From Breaking. Blink. For the love of Pete, if it looks like a window or door is bending due to fierce winds, get the hell away from it.

Myth #5: Hurricanes Only Strike The Coasts. I’m Too Far Inland. Famous Last words.

How To Survive Hurricane Season

It’s important to be stay informed during hurricane season, and be aware of potential storms. You are going to need to know when to evacuate and have a plan in place of where to go.  Learn Community Evacuation routes and how to quickly get to higher ground. 

Assign A Safe Room

Decide on which room in your home will be your ‘safe room’ to wait out the storm if things get dicey. Store your hurricane emergency there too.

Monitor Hurricane Conditions With A Phone App

The American Red Cross has a Hurricane app that allows you to monitor conditions in your area, find help, and let others know you are okay.

Have A Hurricane Emergency Kit

The first step in your Hurricane Emergency Kit is for each family member needs to have  a 72 Hour Kit that is ready to go in case you need to evacuate. Bonus points if your 72 hour kits include sleeping bags too.  Our post on Simple 72 Hour Kits will walk you through this.

Water

Because of potential flooding contaminating the local water supply, it is important to have enough water on hand to get you through 2 weeks. That comes out to be 14 gallons of water per person.   And that is only enough for drinking.

Furthermore, flooding brings Dangers of  Standing Flood Water, that those of you in Hurricane country need to be aware of.

Did you know you can get about 30 gallons of water from your hot water heater?  We show you how in our How to Get Emergency Water From Water Heaters post.

Pro Tip: *this post contains affiliate links A good item to have on hand in this category is a Water Bob. Simply unfold the Water Bob into your bathtub and fill it with 100 gallons of clean water from the faucet.  Without enough water you are not going to survive hurricane season.

Pro Tip:  With a hurricane comes the need to know how to survive a Boil Notice.

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Food

Two weeks of food for each person in your family.  Stock up on items that can simply be heated up, or items that only require hot water to create a complete meal.

Powerless Cooking

The odds of the power going out during and after a hurricane are high.  Having  a safe way to cook indoors, even if it is just heating stuff up, is important to be able to survive hurricane season.  I really like these GAS ONE Butane Stoves.  Please, stock up on fuel too.

Light

Hands down, one of my favorite survival lighting options is the Luci Inflatable Solar Light. No batteries needed.  (hint:  There’s a two pack inflatable solar survival  lighting option too.)

Flashlights for every family member.

Camping lanterns to light up common family areas.

Survive Hurricane Season

Two Weeks Worth Of Your Every Day Supplies

Medicines
Feminine Supplies
Toilet Paper
Paper Plates, Cups, etc.
Matches
Batteries
No Rinse Wipes for Sanitation
Hand Sanitizer
Baby Items
Pet Items

First Aid Kit

Stock a good first aid kit and know how to use it.

Weather Radio

I’m sorta partial to the Midland NOAA Emergency Weather Radio. It has a solar panel, hand crank, and a rechargeable lithium battery too.  Another good option is the Kaito.

Portable/Solar Chargers

Cell phones can be true life savers during disasters, as long as they are charged, and cell towers are still up. A portable charging station is a necessity.  It’s also a good idea to have a land line during a disaster.

Battery Operated Fans

It’s summer.  It’s humid.  There’s no power and nerves are fried.  Having a battery operated fan for each family member will make life much more survivable.

Generator and Fuel

I know these are expensive.  I also know that during extended emergencies they save lives.  If there is anyway you can manage it, get your self a generator.  If you already have a generator make sure it’s in working order.

PRO TIP: Want to learn more about how to survive hurricane season?  Ready.gov has got some great information to help increase your preparedness.

Have you ever experienced a hurricane? What were your most needed preps?  What did you wish you had?

How To Survive A Boil Notice

A boil notice is issued when a municipal water provider detects dangerous pathogens and microorganisms in the water that can make us sick.  Other reasons for a boil notice include lead in the water, water main breaks, power outages and flooding.    Your need to be able to survive a boil notice often comes in the aftermath of hurricanes, like in Puerto Rico.

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How To  Survive A Boil Notice

Surviving a boil notice takes preparation.  First, you’ll need to know exactly what you can and can’t do with your tap water.  Some boil notices will state that tap water is not to be used for drinking, ice cubes or cooking, but can still be used to do laundry in.

But, you know the s has really htf  when the water restrictions say the water can’t be used in any form or fashion.  This is what Puerto Rico has been dealing with for almost a year now.

BTW, we are less than 3 months away from the start of the next hurricane season.  Are you prepared?

All The Ways We Use Water

Bathing
Brushing Teeth
Washing Dishes
Cooking
Mixing Baby Formula
Washing Fruits and Veggies
Mixing Medications
Humidifiers
Pets

And most important……..DRINKING!

Take a minute and think of all the ways your family uses water in a 24 hour period.  That is going to be the amount of water you would need to boil to keep up the status quo.  Yikes!

How To Boil Water For A Boil Notice

According to the CDC, to make water safe to drink,  you should fill a large pot with water and bring it to an actual boil for at least one minute; and then allow the water to cool and place in a clean container.

If you can’t boil water, you can disinfect it by using 1/8 teaspoon of NON-scented bleach per one gallon of water. Mix it well and wait at least 30 minutes before drinking it. Make sure your containers are clean by sanitizing them with bleach as well. Rinse containers thoroughly before storing water.

When my family lived in Turkey, we often had to rely on using non-scented bleach to disinfect our water.  No doubt about it, this water is going to have a funky taste.  Consider having powdered Kool-Aid or something to help cover that taste.

You will also need to use BOILED or disinfected water in your coffee pot.  Even though that coffee pot heats the water up, it doesn’t boil it safe. 

Pro Tip:  When trying to survive a boil water notice, water filters will NOT be enough to purify your tap water.  You’ll need to either rely on stored water, boil the water, or disinfect it with bleach.

Cutting Down On Daily Water Needs

Let’s face it.  Trying to boil the amount of water you typically go through on a daily basis will be impossible.  You will need to be prepared with items to help cut down on the amount of water you’ll need.

1. Stock up on no-rinse bathing wipes.  These wipes clean well with just a bit of water, but you don’t need to rinse afterwards.  We use these often when my son is in the hospital.

Even if the boil alert says it’s okay to bathe in your tap water, I wouldn’t suggest it if you have any open wounds, or are immuno-compromised.

2. Have a can or two of dry shampoo on hand.

3. Stock disposable plates, napkins, and utensils.

4. Fill empty bottles of laundry detergent with water and mark them as ‘cleaning water’ and store them with your other water supplies.

5. Have hand sanitizer available.

6. Cleaning wipes will come in handy!

PRO TIP:  Use tape to wrap around facets  and handles to disable them.  Put BIG signs reminding people NOT to use tap water.   People are so used to using water from the tap, that it is simply second nature to reach for the faucet.

Survive  A Boil Notice By Storing Water

Do you know how to figure out how much water per family member to store?  Our post on Calculating Drinking Water has done the math for you!

Next, you’ll want to know how to fill soda bottles and larger containers with safe drinking water for storage.   We’ll walk you through it in our Emergency Drinking Water and Storage post.

Think A Boil Notice Can’t Happen To You?

Emergency water boil notices are issued hundreds of times a week all though out the country. Sometimes they only last a day or two. Often they last longer. For Preppers water storage must be a priority in order for your family to survive a boil notice.

Has your family ever lived someplace where the tap water was not safe to drink?  How did you provide clean drinking water for your family?

Benefits of Medical Grade Honey for Preppers

Honey has been used in wound care for centuries, all the way back to the ancient Egyptians.  Today, people  swarm to Medical Grade Honey for it’s healing properties.

What Is Medical Grade Honey?

Made from New Zealand’s Manuka honey (Leptospermum species), *this post contains affiliate links MediHoney contains  Methylglyoxal, a unique ingredient that provides it’s strong antibiotic benefits.

Interestingly,  pH content of Medical Honey is  more acidic than any other honey, which means much faster wound healing.

 Medical Grade Honey for Emergency Preparedness

Proof.  I Want Proof Medical Honey Works

There are over 234 pieces of evidence to MediHoney’s ability not only to heal wounds, but to heal them faster.  (source)

Medical Honey and Emergency Preparedness

MediaHoney is the perfect addition to medical kits to use when with diabetic ulcers, open wounds, scrapes and burns.  Toss a tube of it into your 72 Hour Kits and Emergency Kits too.

Interested in learning how Activate Charcoal can get your through a tough stomach virus?  We’ve done all the research for you.

How To Use MediHoney

Use MediHoney in paste or gel form like any other wound cream.  Derma Sciences also offers dressings for shallow wounds.

G-Tubes and Excema

One way I use Medical Honey is around my son’s g-tube site.  This miracle honey helps with skin breakdown as well as protecting against inflammation.

Then we have my son’s Remicade treatments causing eczema flares, and this stuff works wonders on eczema.   No kidding.

So.  Medical Grade Honey Is Expensive.

There’s no doubt that Medical Grade Honey comes with a bit of a price tag. While it’s worth the price, I understand the word ‘budget’, too.  Boy do I ever.  So much so that I wrote about how I make my own version of medical grade honey in my post about my DIY Manuka Honey Recipe

What is one thing that you refuse to go without, despite the cost?

Survive Hypothermia: Prepper’s Checklist

I live in a state that (usually) sees a lot of snow, especially in the mountains.  Knowing how to survive hypothermia is knowledge every family living in a cold climate should master.  Let’s talk about how to diagnose, treat, and prevent hypothermia.

What Is Hypothermia?

Hypothermia occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature.  Normal body temperature is approximately 98.6 F (37 C)  Hypothermia occurs as your body temperature falls below 95 F (35 C), preventing your body from functionally normally.

Hypothermia can be  caused by exposure to cold weather or immersion in cold water.  You survive hypothermia by warming the body back up to normal temperatures.

Symptoms of Hypothermia

The first symptom of hypothermia is often shivering, as your body attempts to warm itself.

Other signs include:

* Mumbling   ( The ‘umbles’ include mumbling, stumbling, grumbling or irritation)

* Slow and shallow breathing

* A weak pulse

* Lack of coordination

*The desire to sleep

*Confusion

*Loss of consciousness

Because hypothermia often comes on so slowly, a person often has no idea of their condition.  The confused thinking that hypothermia causes  hinders a person’s ability to actually realize they are in danger.

Survive Hypothermia

 

How To Survive Hypothermia

The first step in surviving hypothermia begins with preparedness before the event.  You survive hypothermia by having a plan in place, just in case.   This includes making sure you have the right gear with you when hiking, skiing, camping or traveling in winter weather.

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Remove yourself from the cold.   If possible get yourself out of any wet clothes.

Curl into the HELP position inside of a sleeping bag, blankets or an emergency bevy bag to reduce heat loss. (I love *this post contains affiliate links this brand and have them in all of our bug out bags. )   Hold your knees to your chest to help warm  the trunk of your body.  If you are with others, huddle together.

Chemical heat packs are a must to help prevent and address hypothermia.   Place a heat pack on major arteries to warm your blood, such as by the neck, under armpits and in the groin.  Slowly warming the body’s core is most important, the extremities can wait.

Prevention of Hypothermia

Wear the right clothing, including clothing that will prevent body heat loss from your head, face and neck and hands.

Wear layers of loose fitting layers of lightweight clothing.  You want your outer layer to be tightly woven, and water resistant.

Stay as dry as possible.  Get out of wet clothing as soon as possible.  Pay special attention to keeping your feet dry, by having an extra pair of *this post contains affiliate links wool socks in your pack.

Having a rechargeable hand warmer in your pack is also a good idea.

Be careful not to overexert yourself, causing yourself to sweat a lot.  Wet clothing and cold sweat will cause you to lose body heat faster.

Always make sure someone knows where you are going and when you are expected to be back.  This way emergency responders will know where to look if there is trouble.

Hypothermia Survival At Home

You may be surprised to discover that the risk of hypothermia during winter power outages is high, especially  if you are not prepared.  If you have access to health care don’t take any risks and get to a hospital immediately.  If your only choice is to stay at home, here are some ideas to help mitigate the risks.

Store wool blankets or cold weather sleeping bags.

Have a way to heat water for soup or warm drinks to keep yourself both hydrated and warm.

Store chemical packs.

Consider investing in a quality indoor radiant  heater.

Pro Tip: Learn more ways to protect your family in severe winter weather.

Preparation Is Key To Hypothermia Survival

I can remember being worried each time winter grew near.  How would I protect my family from severe winter weather if we lost power or had to leave due to an emergency in a snow storm.  Taking the time to make a plan, and actually supply that plan in the form of emergency kits, is one of the best things I’ve ever done.    I hope you’ll do the same.