Hurricane Preparedness for DIY Wednesday

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Hurricane Preparedness

hurricane preparednessWell, we got a shocker in the northeast this week when Sandy came out in full force and my hurricane preparedness came in handy! I have been through some hurricanes. I remember living through some bad ones that hit Long Island in the early 90s. We were lucky enough last year to not suffer damage with Irene and were hoping for the same this time around. We were very, very lucky. Family and friends of mine in New York were not so lucky. Many sustained damage, almost all lost power, and some lost their homes. Fortunately, many of these homes got built back stronger, using more hurricane-resistant materials like asphalt shingles for the roof (see Roofing Insights for more info) as well as hurricane-resistant shutters to protect the windows. There wasn’t much that could be done about the gas and electric supplies being cut off though, there’s only so much you can do. But as couponers, we have the ability to always have “hurricane stashes” available to us 365 days a year. It was comforting to know that I didn’t have to join the mad rush of people flocking to stores for essentials. Our hurricane kit consists of:

My Hurricane Preparedness Items

Batteries. I get all sizes whenever they are on sale. We have a Rubbermaid bin filled with them. Every store on the east coast was out of D batteries. Luckily, we had about 20 in my house.
Flashlights. Who cares what they look like? Last year, I bought flashlights at the end of the summer when camping gear went on sale. Instead of paying $10, I paid around $2-3 each for a handful of them.
Cooking gear. We’d cashed in our debit card points two years ago and got ourselves a mini Weber grill. It runs on those little propane cylinders. We stock up on those at the end of the camping season as well, paying about $2 a canister instead of $5-6. Then if we lose power, we open the garage door and can cook. hat said, it might be a prudent option to get your garage door inspected and repaired if the need does arise. During hurricanes, a broken garage door might do more harm than good for your house and car(s), and thus, you could call upon the experts such as the ones at Concord nc Garage Doors (and alike) to inspect your garage door.
Food. This is a given! As couponers, we usually live off of our stockpile. I’m always stocked with peanut butter, jelly, cereal, soups, anything that we can eat without power. All I had to do was take bread out of the freezer to defrost.
Water. I use my ECB to roll for bottled water. We only keep a case or two in the house, because we have a fridge filter.
AC Adapter. I bought one of these years ago and it was the best money I’d ever spent. If we had something that didn’t have a car charger, this gave us the ability to charge it in our car. I used it for my laptop all the time when I was working, it’s an excellent investment!

Of course, candles, blankets, firewood, a generator, are all great to have as well. We still don’t have a generator and I don’t know that we’ll buy one. We have been fortunate enough to not lose power through either of the hurricanes over the last two years, but I partake in hurricane preparedness every year because you never know when my time will come!

What’s in your hurricane prep kit? ~Brianne

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