Being a lifelong Floridian, one of the things you always account for is hurricane season. Over my lifetime, one way or another, I’ve been affected by the following hurricanes.
Hurricane season runs from the beginning of June through the end of November, which creates a sense of paranoia for half the year. Not to mention all the prep work.From tree trimming, to lubing up all the shutter parts and getting all the non-perishable supplies. Those first couple of weekends of June are not too much fun.
During “The Sisters” of ’04, I created and tested the Handy Hurricane Survival Kit. This batch of goodies is a great way to not only be prepared for a major catastrophe, but also helps during those longer than expected power outages. Most of these items got me through six days without power after the first storm. The others were things I wish I had, the promptly bought after things got back to normal.
This is not a simple as you may think. Not only do you need full tanks in all your vehicles, but also for the grill and generator. You have to get an early start on this one, because everyone is out doing the same thing. The longer you wait, the less likely you’re going to get what you need.
Can you survive without one? Yes, but it makes things way easier. It’ll make your coffee, keep your fridge cold and even run a small A/C unit. Pick up a small 2000 watt portable generator. It’ll power what you need, run quiet and has a very small footprint for storage.
From flashlights to camping lamps, there’s tons of energy efficient battery powered lighting out there. Pick you up a good variation of lighting types to cover any situation you might find yourself in.
8 AC-DC Converter
These bad boys plug into you car’s power port and covert alternating current into direct current. With the right size converter, you can run just about anything short term. Just keep the car running.
Cash is King. No power, no phone, no way to process credit cards, no service. Everyone takes cash, so make sure you have a few beans in your back pocket, while the ATM is still working.
12 Rechargeable Fan
These fans are awesome! You can get these up to 10 inches, and move a lot of air for a long period of time. It’s enough to keep you cool over night, especially if you don’t have #5.
13 Coffee Maker
Your regular coffee maker draws an unbelievable amount of power, on average 800 watts. Pick you up a small 4 cup brewer that can run off an AC converter, or even a stove top percolator you can use on the grill.
15 Handheld Gaming Device
Still bored? One of the world’s greatest time wasters, never disappoints. If you’re not a gamer, grab a book.
I prioritized this list to help you pick off the things that I found to be most important. Although honestly, I still feel that the coffee maker needs to be higher on the list. When you’re house is converted to a large tent, and you’re basically stuck camping there until the power is restored, everything boil down to the proper tools for the job.