According to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, the East Pacific expects 15 to 16 tropical storms. Nine of these end up becoming hurricanes with five becoming deadly major hurricanes. If you live in the southeastern part of the U.S. then you know that hurricane season started on June 1st. Are you prepared for Hurricane season? Did you know that Hurricane season lasts until the end of November? Have you gone out and bought all the supplies that you may need? This article is written to help you prepare for any kind of hurricane. It will also provide you with a list of items that are essential for any storm.
What do you need to do in order to prepare for a hurricane? If you live near the coastline, and a hurricane with deadly winds is going to make landfall, then you might consider evacuating and going to a shelter. You need to keep watching the news to see if the state has declared a state of emergency. If you are in the path of a land-falling hurricane, then you should prepare and have a list of supplies ready. List of supplies include: a first aid kit with all the necessary medications, canned food and an opener, plenty of water to last for at least 3 days, flashlights, a battery powered radio and extra batteries. Other supplies may include sandbags, tape, generator, raingear, sleeping bags and lastly protective clothing.
In order for one to be on the safe side, you should prepare for the worst and hope for the best. No one knows how deadly and destructive these hurricane winds are going to be. Therefore, you should have all your supplies next to you. According to Hurricanetips.com, folding beach chairs make an excellent alternative to cots. “They fold flat, double as a chair and allow you to store 16 gallon plastic storage tubs underneath to save space and secure your belongings.” (www.hurricanetips.com)
It is really important that you prepare a checklist of items that you will need. It is also important that you have a course of action ready along with important phone numbers that you might need in case of an emergency. Run through the checklist and make sure you have all your items gathered. Once all your items are gathered, make sure you have them put in a container that is small and portable. This way if you are forced to leave your home, then all you have to do is take your container with you. Now if you are forced to leave your home, you will need something to sleep on. Folding beach chairs make a good choice because they are light, they fold fast for easy storage and lastly they are easily transported. According to the Red Cross, shelters will usually allow you to keep anything that will fit in 18 square feet, slightly larger than the space for each beach chair. (www.redcross.com) Beach chairs make a great choice for storms that might require you to leave your home.
Another great item, are these new flashlights being sold over the Internet. Every year (hurricane season) people rush to Home Depot and Lowes to buy flashlights and batteries just in case the storm knocks out power lines causing a power outage for days. This way they are prepared. Who knows how long it will take for Utility companies to restore power? Why spend money on buying batteries and replacing bulbs when you can buy these new flashlights that work without batteries or the need to replace bulbs? You pick up one flashlight and your done. The flashlight will last you forever. These new and innovative flashlights are just what you need for hurricanes and other storms. They are really cheap and compact. Should you lose power, these flashlights will provide you with a guaranteed source of light. And the best thing about these flashlights is that they are stylish and light to carry.
These new flashlights are the shaking flashlights and the hand crank flashlights.
The shaking flashlights have an electric conductor that moves through some magnetic field, to generate electric current. All you need to do is shake the flashlight and electricity is generated. The light that is produced is very visible allowing you to see for a far distance. The hand crank flashlights are just as easy as the shaking flashlights. All you need to do is crank the flashlight for seconds and you will get a bright and visible source of light. These new and innovative flashlights are a far more, better choice than regular flashlights. These flashlights will save you the hassle of running out to the stores and looking to spend a lot of money on replacing batteries and bulbs. Eliminate the need to replace your bulbs or batteries. Another great product to keep around for hurricanes is the hand crank flashlight with a radio. This flashlight just like I mentioned above needs no batteries. Minutes of cranking, provides you with a source of light. And the best thing about this product is that it has a built in radio that has great reception. So if you are indoors and you lose power during a hurricane, you can still listen to the radio for the latest weather updates. All these products mentioned above are great for hurricane season.
Once these hurricanes make landfall, they can be really deadly. The heavy rains, strong winds and gigantic waves can damage buildings, trees and cars. They will even knock down power lines, leaving you without power for days. A good example would be the state of Florida last year. Hurricane Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne brought destructive winds and rain that knocked down power lines leaving most of the state without power for days. People rushed to the stores for flashlights, batteries, generators and anything they could find. It was too late and people were on top of each other fighting for what was left in these stores. Hurricanes cannot be controlled but our vulnerability can be reduced through preparedness. Be prepared for this year!
These new flashlights and the beach chairs mentioned can be found at Coconutz Home and Garden. All you have to do is visit the website and see for yourself. Should you be interested in any of our products mentioned above, please enter the code “Hurricane” when prompted at check out, and you will receive 10% off of any of our products. A link for the web store has been attached at the end of this article. Get your supplies now!