With the weather we have been having the past week I keep thinking to myself “Are you prepared for a big storm?”. The answer at this time is “No!”. With our recent downsizing adventure, my disaster kit is not ready. Watching the news, I wonder how many other people are not prepared.
For example, the warning today to not let your children play in the flood waters blew me away. Why would you? It is more than likely full of sewage, snakes and maybe a stray shark!! (Sharknado reference!) With this in mind I think “Do these people have a disaster plan?”. If you do not have one or you are like me and have become unorganized, then keep reading to get going on that plan and kit!
I hope this will get you motivated to update or build your disaster/hurricane kit. Being prepared during bad weather is the best plan of action and if you are new to the area be warned the weather can change in an instant. That little bit of lightning and thunder can turn into a disaster in a matter of hours. Know your local weather stations and have batteries in your flashlights. A must for the MacDill AFB area is a battery operated radio, extra water, canned goods and some good flashlights! If you can afford it, a generator is a bonus!!
I have seen some great tips for your disaster kit from my fellow military spouses and my all time favorite is to pack a back pack for each member of the family including the pets. In these back packs have several bottles of water, snacks ,change of clothes and if possible any medication your family members might need. This is a great tip because if things get bad and you need to leave you will not necessarily have time or space to bring you large water bottles etc.. with you! Make sure all of your important papers and some cash are included in one of the back packs in a water tight bag. Please share with our readers any hurricane kit hints you have or have used. Just leave the comments below or on our Facebook page.
Please be careful and keep a watch on the weather during any storms!
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