request for hurricane prep ideas

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Mike M, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
    from usa
    Messages: 1,988

    Okay, I really don't feel like putting together complicated and costly hurricane preparation items, or anything involving a lot of work, so I am open to innovative ideas from cost-conscious entrepreneurial types...

    Here what I got so far:

    1. My wife found an awesome article that specifies taping windows as a waste of time, so I am officially rationalized away from that activity.

    2. I'm thinking instead of several canned goods, I'll buy a bunch of noodles and stuff I get for backpacking. Cheaper, and easier to carry out to my car.

    3. I already went and filled up our vehicle gas tanks. This was actually a big deal, since my wife only puts in a gallon at a time so she can buy cigarettes.

    That's all I got. Am I missing anything?
  2. StoneDevil

    StoneDevil LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
    Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days
    — non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
    — foods for infants or the elderly
    — snack foods
    — non-electric can opener
    — cooking tools / fuel
    — paper plates / plastic utensils
    Blankets / Pillows, etc.
    Clothing - seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
    First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
    Special Items - for babies and the elderly
    Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
    Flashlight / Batteries
    Radio - Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
    Cash - Banks and ATMs may not be open or available for extended periods.
    Toys, Books and Games
    Important documents - in a waterproof container
    — insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
    Tools - keep a set with you during the storm
    Vehicle fuel tanks filled
    Pet care items
    — proper identification / immunization records / medications— ample supply of food and water
    — a carrier or cage
    — muzzle and leash
  3. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,183

    Duck and cover! Sorry, I am not making light of your situation, but I just couldn't help it. Mike, I have heard that opening windows on opossing sides of the house allows air flow to pass through the structure and not build up a lot of pressure against the window pains causing them to break. However, I don't know about this as I have never lived in the south and been exposed to huricanes like you have. It would probably just let a whole bunch of rain water in the house and make a mess of everything. You all are in our prayers down there. I honestly don't know how you do it, living in danger zone. The worst we get is the ocassional dust storm or microburst from time to time.
  4. StoneDevil

    StoneDevil LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25


    o Non-perishable food
    o Beverages - powdered or canned, fruit juices, instant coffee, tea
    o Bottled Water - One gallon per day per person
    o Bread – In moisture-proof packaging. This will keep for a little while.
    o Canned and powdered milk
    o Canned vegetables and fruits - You can drink the juices and save your water.
    o Cereals – They are good without milk.
    o Dried fruits
    o Dry and canned pet food
    o Package condiments - sugar, salt, pepper
    o Prepared foods - canned soups, beef, spaghetti, tuna, chicken, ham, corned beef hash, sardines, fruit cocktail, packaged pudding, meal replacement bars, cereal bars
    o Shelf packaged juice and milk boxes
    o Snack spreads - peanut butter, cheese spreads, and jelly
    o Snacks - crackers, cookies, hard candy, and nuts. Watch the salt content.

    o Blankets or sleeping bag
    o Rain poncho

    o Back-up disks of your home computer files
    o Bank account numbers
    o Credit card account numbers and company 800 numbers
    o Driver’s license, passport, or other photo identification
    o Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates, wills, deeds)
    o Insurance policies (homeowners, life, car, renters)
    o Medical and Rx cards, immunization record
    o Personal inventories, titles, social security cards, tax records, stocks & bonds
    o Proof of occupancy of residence – utility bills
    o Telephone numbers
    o FEMA 1-800-462-9029
    o Red Cross 1-800-HELP NOW
    o Houston Food Bank 713-547-8609
    o Your mother
    o Others
    o ATM card(s)/ checkbook

    o Bible
    o Change of clothes for three days
    o Eyeglasses/contact lens
    o Medical history or information
    o Medicine – Rx
    o Money – cash or traveler’s checks, change
    o Photo copies of prescriptions
    o Plastic or collapsible cups
    o Special items for infants, elderly, sick, or disabled family members
    o Toilet paper
    o Toiletries
    o Toothbrush
    o Toothpaste
    o Deodorant
    o Lotion
    o Vaseline
    o Soap
    o Personal hygiene items
    o Cloth towels – face and bath set per person

    o Candles – including glass enclosed
    o Cell Phone and charger
    o First Aid Kit
    o Antacid (for upset stomach)
    o Antibiotic cream – Bacitracin or Neosporine
    o Anti-diarrhea medication
    o Antiseptic solution - hydrogen peroxide or Iodine
    o Band-aids – various sizes
    o Burn Ointment
    o Calamine/antihistamine lotion, Desitin ointment
    o Cold compress
    o Elastic bandage
    o Eye drops
    o Germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer
    o Hydrocortisone cream (1%) – Cortaid
    o Insect repellent
    o Latex gloves
    o Laxative
    o Q-tips
    o Safety pins
    o Scissors
    o Sterile gauze pads and adhesive tape
    o Syrup of Ipecac (Call 1-800-222-1222 or 911 before using)
    o Thermometer
    o Tweezers
    o Tylenol and Aspirin
    o Flashlight and batteries
    o Manual can opener
    o Radio – battery operated, extra batteries
    o Tarp or plastic sheeting
    o Waterproof matches or butane lighter
    o Bottle opener
    o Pocketknife - Preferably Swiss Army style
    o Rope
    o TV – battery powered, extra batteries
    o Utility knife

    o Aluminum foil
    o Camp stove - Or some other cooking device and plenty of fuel. Use canned fuel inside your home, not charcoal or gas
    o Disposable plates, napkins, cups, utensils
    o Ice chests - Coolers (2)
    o Liquid detergent
    o Paper towels
    o Sterno

    o Disinfectant
    o Duct tape
    o Pencil and paper
    o Plastic bucket with tight lid ( for elimination purposes)
    o Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)
    o Trash bags
    o Whistle
    o Camera and film
    o Emergency sign
    o Entertainment items/ material
    o Outdoor extension cord
    o Watch or battery-powered clock
    o Water purification tablets
    o Zip lock bags
  5. StoneDevil

    StoneDevil LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    this thread should be moved to proper location Mod.
  6. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,183

    Wow, that is a thorough list. I would pretty much have to vacuum seal my whole house to cover all of the items on that list. (I don't have much)
  7. StoneDevil

    StoneDevil LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    thats straight from the cWeb site of ther company i work for .. our HQ is in Baton Rouge
  8. Bill S

    Bill S LawnSite Member
    Messages: 184

    The one thing missing...

    Have all your vital stuff in one location at ALL times ready to go in any emergency. Be it hurricane, tornado, fire, etc...

    Good luck weathering the storm!
  9. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
    from usa
    Messages: 1,988

    My wife just asked if I would take my landscape trailer out of the garage so she can park her Honda in there. I was like no flippin way.

    I hope the mods don't move this. I won't remember about it and then I'll probably miss some awesome idea.
  10. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
    from usa
    Messages: 1,988

    o Cereals – They are good without milk.

    Is that an official thing? Like on a FEMA poster? This is the kind of crap my wife and I would argue about in a grocery store with a Cat 5 hurricane coming.

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