Have you ever wandered if you were really prepared for a natural disaster? We always think we are but after the last Hurricane we had, I now know we definitely are not! I talked about it a little bit on reasons you should learn survival skills however I want to go in depth about it here today. In a few months, we will be in Hurricane season again. This time I’d like to be more prepared myself too. We didn’t have power for 3-4 days. Some around here were out for a week or so. None of us expected it because we usually make it through untouched except for branches down but you never know!
Here’s how to prepare for a natural disaster from our experience.
Food and Drink
- WATER! WATER! AND MORE WATER! There is never too much water!
- Coffee. If you don’t have a percolator or camping coffee pot buy some instant coffee. I did just that a week after our electric came back on because I knew it would be a bit before we bought a percolator!
- Ice for coolers. This is one thing we didn’t do. We were thinking it would be like the others and maybe just a few hours of power loss.
- Non-perishable foods. Like canned and boxed goods. Bread for sandwiches. No reason to buy cold stuff, we had to throw out a lot of food!
Cooking Equipment and Apparatus
- Charcoal and propane for your cooking equipment. Make sure not to use this equipment in an enclosed area, especially while using charcoal!
- Pots, Pans and Utensils that can be used on this equipment. Cast Iron and Stainless steel. Not those nonstick pots and pans or silicone cooking utensils.
- Coffee Percolator. This is a must for me! We didn’t have anything to make coffee with, I was slowly dying! Or at least I felt like it since I get migraines if I don’t have my coffee daily.
- Plastic, paper or camping plates and cups. Just make sure you have some water to wash those camping plates and cups.
Things to do
- Deck of cards and UNO cards
- Board games
- Crosswords and Searches
- Books (not ebooks)
- Crafts (knitting, sewing, art supplies, crayons and coloring books, etc.)
Other Important Things
- Flashlights and batteries are a must! Or camping lanterns work well too.
- If you have some left over cold food that needs cooked to eat. Go ahead and cook that first. We had hamburger meat still in our fridge to be cooked. We cooked burgers on our charcoal grill because they were thawed and were going to be bad if we didn’t.
- A car charger. If your electric goes out you can charge your phone in your car. Even though our electric was out and our service kept going in and out. We used the car charger, not only were we then able to use our camera’s on our phones but family who was worried was able to check in with us.
- Have fun being off the grid with no electric. Talk to your people! Make up a game to play. Read. Get that sleep you have been missing! Talk to and help your neighbors.
- Because hurricanes are known for the high winds and tornadoes. We opted to all sleep downstairs in our living room. We piled up with pillows, sleeping bags, and blankets.
Think camping. What camping supplies would you need to have if you went camping? That’s what will work! We have a spot in our garage for camping stuff. So it’s all in one place. I know there is more to add to this but this is what keeps going through my mind when I think of that experience.
Does this help you in preparing for a natural disaster? Do I need to add anything? Please speak up, it could help someone.