Preparing for Hurricane Irma’s approach reminded me of this list of things to pack the event of a nuclear attack:
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
- Local maps
If that looks like your standard list of things you’d need in a more mundane emergency, like a Cat5 hurricane, you’re right. They refer to FEMA, which also has more ideas.
They didn’t say it, but be sure there’s enough food for your pets, too!
tl;dr — The part that might have slipped your mind…
I’m sorry to say that it’s too late for some of this stuff, if you’re in Florida, as the stores have been busy for the last few days. But I’ll add a couple things you can probably still get or do:
- Set your refrigerator to max cold
- Charge your cell phone
- Plastic bags or containers for your personal electronics, including that phone
- Reading material that doesn’t need to be plugged in, especially if (like me) you don’t have a Kindle with weeks of battery-life
You’ve probably thought of most of this, but cash is an easy one to forget these days.
If you’re in an area that can get flooded, be sure to unplug everything, and move your electronics to where it will stay dry.
We were luckier than most. I’d lost a tree and my internet connection. That was followed by PC problems I just wasn’t ready for. It all coincided with a miserable cold. But like I said, we were luckier than most.