Hurricane season is unpredictable. Sometimes a storm seems to head one way; then, it suddenly turns and makes its way to your hometown. When this happens, you may not have time to evacuate. Instead, you’ll wait it out at home and need to deal with the aftermath.
To avoid the mass rush and stay on top of the weather, prepare early and purchase supplies. In fact, as you’re stocking up consider a few items that add comfort and convenience. Here are three things that you will find useful during hurricane season.
Keep These Essential Items Ready for Hurricane Season
Crank Radios for Communication
When the internet and electricity fail, lines of communication are cut off. Having a crank radio on hand keeps you up-to-date on the weather conditions. Keep one in your emergency supply box for just this situation.
Listening to music is also a nice distraction after a storm. Look for a radio that has solar charge panels and the ability to charge devices. This will prove useful should you suffer from days of power outages.
Hurricane Season and a Home Generator
Homes lose power for many reasons during a storm. Trees go down, transformers blow fuses and neighborhood lines fall. If this happens, you could live several days without electricity, leaving your fridge and air conditioner off.
While an expensive investment, this item offers a chance to remain cool, maintain refrigerated medicine and save some of your food supply. Invest in a reliable product, something quiet and sturdy, such as a Honda Generator. It also comes in handy for tailgating and camping.
Use a Gas Grill Instead of the Stove
With the fridge or freezer hooked up to the generator, you may still have a healthy food stock. How do you cook it though? Keep the oven off, and use the grill instead. This allows for some hearty meals without electricity. Keep in mind you’ll need to have some additional supplies to make this possible.
In your home, keep a cast-iron skillet (other pans may not sustain the high heat) or purchase some foil pans from the grocery store. Plain old foil packets work too. You may not have water, so the foil makes for easy cleanup. Just toss it when you’re done. With a bit of oil and seasoning, you could dine on fish and veggies, saving your boxed supplies for another time.
Rest Well in Knowing You’re Prepared
Don’t wait for a storm to come your way. Stock up early. While others are scavenging for these items, you will breathe a bit easier knowing you’re prepared. We are very interested to know how you prepare for hurricane season in the comments below and we wish you and your family a safe hurricane season with harm to none.
Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design.
Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, https://www.patriciadavisbrowndesigns.com/. She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and eHow.com talent offering design tips.
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