We have had some really bad hurricanes and storms (and even tornadoes) in the past, and I wanted to share 10 things you need in order to survive a storm, assuming you lose power like we never do (we are on the hospital grid).
1. Non-perishables. If you have no power, you cannot cook food, so don’t stock up on eggs and milk. You need food that doesn’t require cooking and baking and refrigeration. Avoid opening the fridge at all cost; keep the cold in! Get food like bread and peanut butter and jelly, or tuna packets, non-refrigerated fruit, etc.
2. If you’re a coffee drinker or you know you can’t survive without your morning omelet, get a camping stove, or make-shift stove. You can get one on Amazon (this is the one my folks have, it’s great), or you can DIY one like this.
3. A percolator, or a french press. Your Keurig isn’t going to help you much now, is it? Here are three options: a large one (if there are several coffee drinkers in your family) a small one, and a percolator. Alternatively you can make Cold Brew.
4. Baileys. If your power goes out, you will not have cream for your coffee. This is a true emergency.
5. Fresh drinking water. This is something I’d stock up on in advance; every time you go to the store, get a gallon of distilled water. They’re usually between .75-1.00 and when everyone is buying them at the same time, the stores are more likely to run out. So stock up on advance. For washing dishes, you can fill your bathtub with water, and get a water pitcher and bring some to the sink whenever you need to wash dishes.
6. A fully-stocked first aid kit. Make sure you have a tourniquet, an ice pack, tons of band-aids, cloth tape, thermometer, pain killers, neosporin, and rubbing alcohol, all in a waterproof case.
7. A lighter, matches, and lint or old t-shirts for fire starter. Keep all this in a plastic box or waterproof container.
8. All your emergency and important documents located and in one spot, just in case you need them. This includes your insurance policies.
9. Mylar blankets. They are reflective, can be used to keep you warm, or can make a tent. Get a big pack of them here.
10. Stuff to keep the kids entertained that doesn’t require electricity. Games, toys (with no batteries), books, coloring books and crayons, etc.
What are your essentials for power outages?