This past winter our electricity was out for a few days during an ice storm and we were COMPLETELY unprepared! So, I want to share with you 20 Emergency Storm Kit MUST HAVES, so you will be prepared for any type of storm.
Now, granted I grew up in Florida and it’s not 20 below but, it was FREEZING! We couldn’t get warm, we couldn’t cook, charge our phones, nothing. It was miserable!
So, we were pretty stuck. The electric company kept saying it would be back on “soon”, so you don’t really want to move out or head to a hotel if it will be back on in an hour, you know? So, we waited and we piled on clothes and blankets.
20 Emergency Storm Kit MUST HAVES
Luckily we have a gas grill and hubby was able to cook and make coffee and tea on the grill! Hubby braved the streets a bit to get us food when he could, but there was so much ice it was terrifying to me!
We went one time to a friend’s home to warm up and charge our phones and do some work on our laptops. They live about 5 minutes from here and I think I made Hubby NUTS all the way there cause I was completely terrified and he was driving about 3 miles an hour! lol
Finally after 2 or 3 days my Mom and I gave in and Hubby drove us to a nearby hotel, as he and our son pulled back in to the house, on popped the electricity, of course!
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As soon as the ordeal was over and we got back to the house (we spent the night in the hotel) we started thinking about what we needed to do if this ever happened again.
We looked at gas powered generators, and thought about all sorts of things we could do if it every happened again Well, I thought I would share this list of suggestions from our local Police Department.
There are many reasons you could be without electricity in any weather, and at any time of the year, so be prepared:
Be Prepared At Home before Severe Weather Strikes
A severe storm can knock out utility services to your area, leaving you without electricity, heat, water or fresh food. It’s a good idea to put together an emergency kit you can grab at a moment’s notice (or store it in the “protective area” in your house you plan to use during severe weather.)
Be sure to store your emergency kit in a waterproof container. (Remember to check your kit semi-annually.
Suggested: At daylight savings time, change/ replace your home smoke detector batteries!)
- Flashlight and extra batteries (Check batteries semi-annually!)
- Battery-operated radio with a weather band
- First aid kit with essential medicines and a manual
- A large jug of drinking water
- Non-perishable, ready-to-eat food
- Towels, toilet paper and bathroom items
- A spare pair of shoes (that give some protection from broken glass and broken wood fragments)
- Work gloves
- Duct tape
- Credit cards
- A copy of insurance documents
- Blankets and sleeping gear (both for flying-debris protection and comfort)
- List of phone numbers and addresses of emergency services and protective areas, physicians, family and friends
- Stock the kit with spare home tools that you may need:
- Hammer and nails
- A pocket multi-tool
- Small pry-bar
Make sure everyone in your family knows where the kit is kept. Be sure and store your severe weather emergency kit in the protected area where you plan to seek shelter from storms!
Review your emergency plan with your family and post the written plan
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Common Sense Note: Candles and matches in your kit might be great for use during a simple storm-related power outage blackout, but their use could be hazardous where actual storm damage to your apartment/house has caused gas leaks. Use with care!
If possible, take your cell PHONE with you when you seek refuge!
I would add blankets, or this 4 pack of Emergency Mylar Blankets, portable phone chargers, and because I was SOOOO very bored – a deck of cards, make sure you have plenty of games loaded on your tablet that don’t have to be played online