4 Person Survival KitWhat is a hurricane survival kit?

Everybody should have a plan in place in the event of a natural disaster. However, with an average of 6 major hurricanes threatening the US coasts every year, there is no reason not to be prepared. If you live along any coast, especially along the Gulf Of Mexico, you are almost guaranteed to experience the power and fury of a hurricane sometime in your life.

Items specific to hurricane survival kits:

Everyone should be prepared for a disaster with a 72 hour survival kit, however there are certain items that are particularly important if you live in an area threatened by hurricanes. Some of these special items include:

Plywood - Hurricanes can generate sustained winds of over 150mph. Since you are able to plan for a hurricane in advance, you have an advantage tornado and wind storm victims do not. Avoid costly damage to both the windows and the interior of your home by fastening plywood to every window. Be sure to measure, cut, and pre-drill each piece NOW before hurricane season starts. The last thing you want is to be caught in the middle of the storm with your home only partially secured.

Sand Bags - Since hurricanes bring storm surges and heavy rains to the low lying coast lines, sandbags can be stacked at doors and entry ways to prevent water from flooding your home. Purchasing sandbags now will not only save you money and headache, but will also ensure you get all of the bags you need when they will be in short supply just before the storm.

How to build a 72 hour survival kit:

The most effective way to make sure you are prepared for a hurricane is to purchase a pre-made 72 hour supply kit. Here are some of the items you should include if you are planning on building your own kit:

Water - Whether you buy a pre-organized kit or not, water should be your first survival kit priority. Be sure to include at least 1 gallon per person per day of fresh drinking water in the event that the storm taints the water supply. A common tip is to also fill your bathtub with water before the storm for bathing, and flushing toilets.

Food - Only include canned and dry foods and snacks to keep you full until the power is restored. Be sure you have "pop" open cans or include a manual can opener in your emergency supplies.

Power and fuel - Be sure to have plenty of flashlights with extra batteries, but don't forget to add matches, candles and flares in you kit to provide long term and emergency sources of light. Be sure to store all of your matches and combustibles in a waterproof container in case your house floods.

Miscellaneous - There are too many items to list to cover every circumstance in the event of a hurricane, but there are a few important items that should not be overlooked, like an emergency radio with extra batteries, tools and gloves for cleaning up debris, extra prescription medications, and an extensive first aid kit.