Storm Smart: Crafting a Healthy Hurricane Emergency Kit

Storm Smart: Crafting a Healthy Hurricane Emergency Kit

As hurricane season approaches, it’s crucial to ensure your supply kit is stocked with items that not only sustain you but also keep you healthy.

A well-prepared kit can make a significant difference in your comfort and well-being during and after a storm. In this Live well, here are four healthy essentials you should consider including in your hurricane supply kit to make your preparation even more effective.

Bottled Water and Hydration Solutions

Water is paramount during any emergency. Aim to have at least one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days. Additionally, consider hydration solutions like electrolyte tablets or drinks. These can be crucial if you are engaged in heavy lifting or cleanup after the storm, helping to replenish lost electrolytes and prevent dehydration.

You can also invest in water purification tablets or a portable water filter. These tools can be lifesavers if your bottled water supply runs out. Ensure you have multiple methods for safe water consumption throughout the emergency period.

Tip: Store water in various sizes of bottles to make it easier to manage and carry. Smaller bottles can be more convenient and for use during cleanup activities.

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First Aid Kit with Essential Medications

A well-stocked first aid kit is a must-have. Include items like bandages, antiseptics, gauze, tweezers, and scissors. Additionally, ensure you have an ample supply of any prescription medications you or your family members take regularly. Over-the-counter medications such as pain relievers, antacids, and antihistamines can also be very helpful.

It’s also a good idea to include a basic medical manual or first aid guide. as having step-by-step instructions can be invaluable if medical help is not immediately available. Check the expiration dates on all medications and replace them as necessary to ensure your kit remains effective.

Tip: Create a medication checklist and ensure you have at least a one-week supply of all necessary medications. Store them in a waterproof container to prevent damage from moisture.

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Personal Hygiene Items

Maintaining personal hygiene during a hurricane can be challenging but is essential for health. Stock items like moist towelettes, hand sanitizer, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and biodegradable soap. These items help prevent infections and keep you feeling fresh and comfortable when water supplies may be limited.

Consider also packing feminine hygiene products, a roll of toilet paper, and a small camping shower bag if possible.

Tip: In the event you’re unable to boil water, include a small bottle of Clorox disinfecting bleach in your kit. Learn how it can be used to purify water (25 drops or ¼ teaspoon for 1.75 gallons) making it a versatile addition to your hygiene supplies.

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Nutritious Non-Perishable Foods

When stocking up on food, think beyond just canned goods and instant noodles. Choose nutrient-dense, non-perishable foods like nuts, dried fruits, whole grain crackers, and nut butter. They are also easy to store and require no cooking.

Consider items that can serve dual purposes, like honey and apple cider vinegar. Honey can be used as a natural sweetener and has antibacterial properties, while apple cider vinegar can aid digestion and serve as a cleaning agent.

Tip: Opt for low-sodium and low-sugar options to avoid excess salt and sugar intake, which can lead to dehydration and other health issues during stressful times.

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By preparing a well-thought-out hurricane supply kit, you’ll be better equipped to handle whatever the storm brings. A carefully stocked kit not only ensures your basic needs are met but also helps maintain your physical and mental well-being during challenging times.

Stay proactive and review your supply kit regularly, updating it as necessary to accommodate any changes in your needs or circumstances. Encourage your family and friends to do the same, fostering a community of preparedness and support. With the right supplies and mindset, you can navigate the hurricane season with confidence and peace of mind. Stay safe, stay prepared, and ‘storm smart’ with Foster’s and CG Britcay.