Pelican Flyer •
May 1, 2021
In areas of the US located near the Atlantic hurricane basin, hurricanes are a fact of life. Residents of states like Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, and even New York know that for a few months each year, their weather can turn deadly—so they have to be prepared, both physically and mentally.
Anyone who’s survived a hurricane can tell you that a hurricane preparedness kit can be—quite literally—a life saver. These grab-and-go kits contain everything your family needs in case of an emergency evacuation. From clean water to clean clothes to pet supplies, a hurricane preparedness kit brings together all of the major must-haves into one convenient package.
It’s easy and fairly quick to make your own hurricane preparedness kit. In this article, we’ll talk about the essential steps you’ll need to take for assembling your hurricane preparedness kit, as well as how to store and protect it efficiently. To get started, let’s think about the basics of why and how to build a hurricane preparedness kit.
When a hurricane is threatening your area, you’ll have to make quick decisions about safety and evacuation. In severe cases, local authorities may order you to evacuate on short notice.
The decision to evacuate is always a tough one, so you don’t want to complicate the process by having to frantically pack the essentials. Something almost always gets left behind, and during an evacuation, it can cause big problems if your family lacks any of the essentials.
That’s because once you’re on the road, your options for buying supplies may be limited. Fundamentals like fresh water and non-perishable food are often in short supply in disaster areas, especially before relief efforts arrive. Plus, it’s always better to eliminate all unnecessary stops when evacuating.
A hurricane preparedness kit is also useful in a wide variety of situations. The essentials you’ll need in a hurricane are relatively similar to earthquake emergency kits and other preparedness kits and can stand in when needed. The bottom line: It’s always better to have one and not need it.
Residents of Southeastern US states with coastlines are most at risk for hurricane danger and should always have a hurricane preparedness kit on hand, even if they don’t live directly on the coast. The following US states are most prone to destructive hurricanes:
However, as Hurricane Sandy proved, hurricanes can also strike farther north. Residents of other eastern seaboard states like Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey can find themselves in harm’s way from hurricanes, so residents of any coastal state are advised to create an emergency kit appropriate for their location.
Finally, if you’re in a completely landlocked state, hurricanes probably aren’t a significant concern for you. However, disasters like tornadoes and wildfires can still pose a significant threat and require quick evacuation. As previously mentioned, a preparedness kit can serve you well in any circumstance that requires supplies for rapid relocation.
When you’re putting together your hurricane kit, it’s important to tackle the basic necessities first. The following items are the key essentials that are most critical for keeping you and your family safe during a hurricane:
Some items are essentials for your kit depending on the makeup of your family and each family member’s personal and medical needs:
Once you’ve assembled the essentials, it’s time to start thinking about the additional items that can make your kit more complete. These items will make your experience more comfortable and less stressful in an emergency scenario. Some of these additional items include:
In some cases, local authorities may ask your family to shelter in place during a hurricane. Sheltering in place means staying put in your home and riding out the storm until it’s safe to come out again. Thus, for a shelter in place kit, you’ll need the supplies that will make your home a resilient and sustainable environment until help arrives or the storm ceases.
A shelter in place kit should contain at least two weeks’ worth of water and food per family member. Other consumable supplies such as medications should also have two-week allocations prepared. Here are some other things you’ll need to add to your kit to be prepared for sheltering in place:
For more tips on how to prepare for sheltering in place, see the emergency kit guide from ready.gov.
It’s a good idea to stash your hurricane preparedness kit in a protective container that will keep your kit safe and make it a snap to grab it and go. What kind of container you need is up to you—some families like the lightness and portability of a duffel bag, while others prefer more rugged options like a hardshell polymer protective case.
Your hurricane kit may or may not fit inside a single case. If you’re carrying larger amounts of water or bringing your own supply of gas, you’ll probably need separate containers for these items. Otherwise, it’s best to choose the most compact supplies that you can and to find a protective case that fits them all comfortably.
No matter what your kit looks like, Pelican offers options that will make it easy to store and transport. Our cases are used by the military and first responders who help protect and rescue people during natural disasters, and our innovative products offer the same level of protection for your family.
See our full range of protective cases for more options that will keep your hurricane preparedness kit safe.
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