With the storm Harvey looming in the Gulf and aiming for our home, we decided to begin our family preparation. The first and most obvious step is to make sure you have plenty of water. The average is 1 gallon per person, per day of drinking water. I go to our local grocery store and stock up on gallon jug water. I put them in the freezer so if we were to lose electricity we have frozen jugs to keep essentials cold, like milk or meats. (Always buy a few extra you never know when a neighbor will need some.)
Secondly, I stock up on paper towels, toilet paper, disinfecting wipes and wet wipes. This time I bought paper plates and plasticware just in case. Make sure you have batteries for those flashlights and they are working!
Thirdly, I purchase extra juices, Gatorade, soft drinks, and teas. We usually have several neighbors or more family to come and stay, so we make sure we are prepared.
Fourthly, we fill the gas tanks and propane tanks. We like to be ready in case we need to use the generator and/or need to cook using the propane.
Lastly, we stock up on canned goods, soups, peanut butter and jelly, bread, canned meats, canned veggies, snacks and breakfast foods. We will eventually eat and drink everything we buy, we just like to be prepared.
- Paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates)
- Drinks (Gatorade, juices, teas)
- Gas in a gas tank, propane in propane tanks.
Regardless if we are in the direct path or not we will be affected, this preparation is just the basics that will help up survive without electricity for a few days.
Please always prepare and stay safe during this storm! We are projected to receive 20 inches of rain, not so much the wind but that amount of rain will cause damage!