We’ve all heard about the recent hurricanes that have devastated the United States. As of 2011, Hurricane Irene is fresh in people’s memories. There are other storms, greater storms, like Hurricane Katrina, that ran across New Orleans, tearing across the land. While hurricanes that cause as much damage as Irene and Katrina did don’t happen every day, it’s important to be prepared in the event of a hurricane. People usually ask two questions: What should I bring along with me, and what should I keep in my house in the event of a hurricane?
Bring it with You
If you’re fleeing from a hurricane, travel light by packing only the essentials in your car. Important documents should go in the car first, like birth certificates, identification cards, and passports. Don’t forget your social security cards. Many people also bring family photographs and things that can’t be replaced, like wedding rings and valuable heirlooms.
When traveling in a car, be prepared to spend time in your car if it becomes a necessity. Blankets, food, and clean water should all be packed. If you have anyone with a special needs diet, such as a baby who needs baby food or someone on a gluten-free diet, bring food specifically for them.
Weathering out the Hurricane
If you’re staying at home during the hurricane, make sure you have the essentials on hand. Clean water and plenty of food are at the top of the list, since wind and water can damage the food and water supply. Make sure the food is canned, as the electricity in your town may be down.