How To Prepare For An Emergency Evacuation
Posted in Travel Tips on July 15, 2011 by Dawn Dalto
Hurricane experts at Colorado State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predict hurricane activity during the 2011 season to be higher than average. Although hurricane season officially started on June 1st, the worst is yet to come. Hurricane activity typically peaks from August to October, bringing violent, deadly storms to Florida and the entire Southeast. When the big storm hits, will you and your family be prepared?
First off, make sure that your hurricane kit is fully stocked with essential survival items such as food, water, and clothing. FEMA and NOAA recommend stocking up on at least one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation. For a family of five, that’s at least fifteen gallons of water that you should have on hand in case of emergency. Additionally, you should have enough food to last for at least three days. Suggested emergency food items include non-perishable packaged or canned food. Blankets/pillows, clothing, prescriptions/ medications, and toiletries should also be included in any survival kit.
Because it's already too late once a hurricane has been forecasted, finding important supplies for your survival supply early is absolutely crucial. Within the 48 hour period before hurricane landfall, important items such as LED lanterns, generators, and camp showers vanish from store shelves, leaving your family without important supplies. Our advice is to stock up now so you’ll be prepared when storm hits. Most of these items won’t cost you over $25 and will make surviving post-hurricane power outages a lot safer and more comfortable.
Flashlight and Batteries. A long life, LED lantern such as our truck tent lantern sheds light on a large interior spaces. These lanterns are a safe alternative to gas powered lamps, and provide a full 144 hours of burn time on their lowest setting. These led camping lanterns will last you in the days following a violent storm when the power has been cut.
Other essentials. Keep your family safe and comfortable with these other important items following a major storm. A first aid kit is crucial to care for minor injuries. Providing immediate medical attention to small wounds will avert serious infection and any associated medical complications. For staying clean in the aftermath of a major storm, a camp shower will help get you through extended power and water outages when showers are unavailable. Each portable showers kit comes in its own compact carrying case for easy storage with your hurricane survival supplies.
For additional preparedness, store all of your hurricane disaster survival items in a transportable container that you can attach to your car quickly once evacuation orders have been issued. Our car top carriers make the perfect emergency kit containers and easily attach to your car for a quick getaway. With a full 18 cubic feet of storage room, Rightline Gear's PackRight Sport 3 will accommodate your family’s survival essentials so you can be ready when a big storm hits.
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