If you are about to get hit by a Hurricane are you prepared? Do you have enough plywood to board up your windows? The truth is if you wait till the last minute Home Depot will be out too. Do you have a portable generator? No? Get one. Do you have enough fuel to keep it powered up? Most generators can use up to 1.5 gallons per hour and thus you need spare fuel tanks as well? If you wait too long the gas stations will be closed and after the Hurricane the power may not be turned back on for up to two-weeks depending on the damage. If you’re talking about a direct hit Category III or IV it is entirely possible it will be at least that long.
So what do you really need? Well you will need water off. Fill up your bathtubs and any containers you have before the hurricane. Figure about 15 gallons per day per person. You can get by on 6-8 gallons if you have to, but 15 comfortably. Next you will need food. Remember with the energy out those foods needing refrigeration will spoil in a couple of days, so you need ready to eat type foods. Perhaps freeze, just as much of your water as you can, ice is always a premium after a Hurricane.
If you have babies you need to be prepared with those particular needs and foods. Pets are also serious problems, as they will rely on you for many things, allowing them to go hunt food for themselves could cause significant hygiene issues and germs from broken sewer lines and debris floating in the nearby flooded waters.
In the event of cuts you may need rubbing alcohol, bandaids and a basic first aid kit. It’s also wise to have fleas repellant as the Mosquitoes will multiply fast in the following weeks as stagnant water aids them. Chlorine can also be used to clean water. Rubber Gloves are also essential.
Besides your portable generator you will need some additional Duracell batteries, transistor radio, lighter, extra propane for cooking and a full tank of gas in your vehicle. Think on this, better safe than sorry.