In the wake of the recent hurricanes I realized I had made a post on every survival kit except hurricanes. I guess they’re one of those natural disasters you don’t think about too often. However, if you live in a tropical region your number one prepping priority should be for hurricanes. Depending on the strength of the hurricane, you might be able to whether the storm with essential survival gear. Be careful though, sometimes the best thing to do is get out of dodge.
First and foremost on the list is dealing with power outages. If you’re a homeowner the best investment you’ll ever make is purchasing a generator. A generator will keep things running until power is restored. When the power is offline, it’s only a matter of time before all the food in your fridge begins to rot. With a generator you can keep some essential lights on and keep all your food from spoiling. It’s also nice to power a television especially when everything has gone dark.
Second, one of my favorite pieces of survival gear is the emergency radio. A high quality emergency radio has AM/FM/SW bands alongside being able to receive broadcasts from the NOAA. This information you receive through your radio will inform your decisions about bugging out or bugging in. If the power goes out and you don’t have a radio, how will you know what is going on around you? If anything, a radio can provide basic entertainment. Radios like the ones from Kaito provide hand cranked power, include a built in flashlight, and support USB connections so you can charge all your gear. I have a full write up on the 5 most popular Kaito radios. The higher up radios even support bluetooth.
Flashlights and more flashlights. You really can’t have enough of these around when the power goes out. Unless you enjoy fumbling and bumbling around in the dark, everyone in your family should have a flashlight to navigate around the house. Candles are a nice touch but pose a fire hazard in the home. Keep flashlights around instead and be sure you are well stocked up on batteries too.
Moving on, at the very least you must have a basic first aid kit. I’m a big fan of the IFAK (individual first aid kit.) It’s a kit you can put together yourself and includes everything you need to treat a range of injuries. In a hurricane anything can happen and emergency assistance might not be able to get to your location. Hurricanes can cause chaos for emergency response teams and the sad truth is that it’s mostly every man for himself. It’s crucial to have a first aid kit and brush up on basic medical knowledge so you know how to use the supplies.
With some of the core supplies out of the way, here is a complete hurricane survival kit checklist:
- Waterproof gear
- Food and water (at least 1 weeks worth)
- Fire kit
- Water filters
- Bug out bag
- Propane cook top
- Sand bags
- Life jackets
- Multi tool
- Plywood, hammer, nails
- Duct tape
- Large tarp
- 2-way radios
Perhaps the most important piece of gear you have is your knowledge. Knowledge whether to leave and knowledge whether to stay. If you choose to stay, this gear will be indispensable to you and your family. With the right skills and gear you can weather the storm and see yourself through to another day.