The list of supplies you need is longer than you think
A recent weather report reads that the 2018 hurricane prediction is going to be the strongest cycle in 70 years. Last year, the Global Weather Oscillations (GWO) had accurate predictions of 16 named storms, eight hurricanes, four major hurricanes and two major impact hurricanes for the United States.
The storms of 2017 created the most costly damage for the United States compared to any other year, and 2018 will be worse. Meteorologists explain that their predictions are based on the colder winter we experienced this year, meaning an extremely hotter summer creating more storms.
“The ocean water temperatures continue to run warmer than normal across most of the Atlantic Basin (red and orange in the graphic), and especially in the Caribbean region and the Atlantic near the United States. This is very similar to the ocean temperatures of last year, and this will again be conducive for tropical storms and/or hurricanes forming and/or strengthening close to the United States,” explains Professor David Dilley.
337 Magazine has created a checklist for your 2018 hurricane preparation, to influence the safety and costs of potential damage:
- Water: Kentwood Springs, a local water service, suggests ordering two backup 5-gallon bottles to keep handy, for drinking and sanitation purposes. A household should store one gallon per day, per family member for a three-day period.
- Food: Store non-perishable foods that are high in protein and nutrients, and have a decently long shelf life. A few items like protein bars, protein shakes, dried vegetable and fruits, nuts, beef jerky, hearty soups, quality tuna, multi grain crackers, and peanut butter can give you a good start. Don’t forget to stock up on pet food, baby formula and food, and special diet needs. Make sure you have a can opener!
- Electronics: Charge backup battery sources for cell phones, computers and iPads. While some people may still use radios, your mobile devices do have emergency alerts and accessible information. If you highly rely on your mobile devices for news (and kid entertainment), keep a few battery backups that are charged beforehand. You can find these for low as $5 at Academy or Five Below. Pull out a few DVD’s to watch on your laptop if you have one.
- Sanitary needs: Most people have their everyday supplies, but staying stocked on things like trash bags, paper plates, plastic zip bags, napkins, moist towelettes, tampons, gloves, sanitizer, diapers, clean blankets, bleach, contact solution, soap and candles is important.
- Medical: Check your prescriptions to make sure that you have enough to last the rest of the month. Pharmacists also offer some medications to be filled in three-month intervals. Don’t forget to keep a first aid kit, supplies for children and pets, ibuprofen, and other common over the counter medications.
- Safety: Stock your garage or closet with the common hurricane safety supplies like tape and wood to board windows, sandbags, car covers, flashlights, batteries, rubber boots, ropes and tarps. Don’t forget other small items like dust masks, wrenches and pliers to turn off utilities, a fire extinguisher, matches, lighters, surge protector, fans, and gas for generators.
- Children: Check your children’s closets for clean clothes and a sturdy pair of shoes in case of flooding. Puzzles, books, board games, exercises and planned out activities will keep them busy. Educating your children about storms and the importance of safety will prepare them for what to do in an emergency situation. Familiarize older children with where supplies and safe areas of the home are beforehand.
- Pets: If you have an outdoor pet, plan a spot in the home or even in the garage where they will be cared for during the storm. Make sure they have clean areas so sleep and eat, along with stocking up on their medications, food and toys to stay busy.
Checking off your list and putting all of the supplies in a cool, dry container will help your family to stay organized. Sit down with your household members ahead of time to discuss plans for hurricanes, tornados and floods to ensure everyone’s safety and needs. Make a list of contact numbers and help hotlines in case of emergencies. We hope that everyone can benefit from this list and shares it with their loved ones. Stay safe this hurricane season!