10 Hurricane Tips & Tricks

You can never be too prepared for a hurricane!

September 5, 2019

You can never be too prepared for a hurricane!

Here are some of my favorite tips:

  1. Fill up your tub with water, so that way if you lose water supply and electricity, you can scoop water out and and can still flush the toilet. Makes things a lot nicer at the house
  2. Keep enough food and water that can last for three days and extra fuel in the car.
  3. Generators can only be operated in an open area. Never inside the house or enclosed area. Do not run while it is raining.
  4. Be aware of where you set up a gas powered back up generator. Make sure the exhaust isn't inside your home, which can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
  5. Put a quarter on top of a frozen cup of water before the hurricane hits and put it in the freezer. "if you find the quarter has moved to the bottom of the cup, then you'll know your food was unrefrigerated while you were gone and it's no longer safe to eat." (via: HouseBeautiful)
  6. If you are a pet lover and have extra dog leashes you can connect those to the bucket handles and secure them in your home.
  7. Most home improvement stores sell 5 gallon buckets and usually they have waterproof lids that you can purchase as well. You can store important items like medical records, pet records etc in those buckets. Using a permanent marker, put your name, address and phone number on the buckets to make sure they are identifiable.
  8. Grills are an amazing asset during a storm. You can use them to boil water, cook food and of course brew coffee. Make sure you have a full tank of propane handy and once again be safe.
  9. Consider buying a couple of 5 gallon water cooler jugs and put them in a closet. You can use that water for many things if the water supply is comprimised. Also those same five gallon buckets I mentioned earlier can also store water for flushing toilets and washing dishes. You can also add bleach to one bucket of water to help sanitize your dishes that you wash.
  10. BE SAFE!

Thank you to my friend Gil Caldwell for the majority of these tips! What an amazing woman to be doing all of this for us!