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Hurricane Season Is Here: Stock Up on These Essentials

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Charmin. The opinions and text are all mine.

Being a mom is already a tough job. You’re working outside the home, juggling family life, and still trying to find the time to decompress so that you can do it all again the next day. The unusual weather we’ve been having in the Northeast has also caused some problems. For instance, Z.E.N. is on the school track team. So many practices and track meets have had to be canceled or postponed because of it. It finally started to feel a little spring-like around her, but it looks like we went straight to summer! Summer is my favorite season, but I always worry about things like hurricanes. Hurricane season starts on June 1, adding another problem to worry about. Back in the day, I never really thought about hurricanes. In my mind, they were storms that only occurred in places like Florida, but boy was I wrong. Six years ago, we were hit by Hurricane Sandy. It was a totally new experience for us, but we got through it. We learned a lot from it as well, and one of the biggest lessons we learned is that the best way to handle the prospect of a significant storm is to prepare for it well in advance.

The following list details some essentials that you and your family may want to stock up on before hurricane season officially arrives.

1. Water

Water is among the most essential necessities, so it should be on the top of your list. Storm flooding often contaminates water sources, leaving the community without drinkable water until it can be restored. Since our house has its own private well, we really didn’t think we needed to worry about water. What we failed to realize is that the pump that brings the water into our house is controlled by electricity. We lost power early in the storm which means the pump didn’t work. Luckily, we had a few cases of water in the garage, and we did take the time to fill the bathtubs and sinks so we could have an extra reserve of clean water.

bottled water

FEMA recommends at least a gallon of water per person per day, with a minimum three-day supply. More is always better though since you never know how long your water source will be affected. In our case, we were without power for nine days. Also, don’t forget about your pets! A dog weighing 50 pounds needs as much water daily as a human does.

2. Non-Perishable Food

It’s a good idea to stock up on plenty of foods that you don’t have to cook just in case the power goes out. A good rule of thumb is to stock enough non-perishable food items that will last for three to seven days. Items like jerky and dehydrated meat, canned foods, dehydrated fruits, whole-grain crackers, granola bars and cereal, and shelf-stable milk and juice all pack the energy and nutrition you need without spoiling too quickly, making them great additions to your hurricane grocery list.

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Canned corn

3. Toiletries

Just because the power is out doesn’t mean your hygiene has to go as well. Staying clean is the best way to fight disease when municipal services are interrupted by a hurricane. Stock up on wet wipes, hand sanitizer, feminine hygiene supplies as well as diapers. It would also be a good idea to stock up on toilet paper. This goes without saying, but you wouldn’t want to run out of toilet paper in the middle of a hurricane if you end up stranded in your home or need to evacuate. 

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charmin toilet tissue

4. First Aid Supplies

Medical centers are often swamped with emergencies in the aftermath of a hurricane, so you’re on your own for minor injuries. Antibiotic ointment, Band-Aids, heat packs, gauze, and medical tape are all handy to have on hand just in case. You should also double-check any prescription medications your family needs, as it may not be feasible to run to the pharmacy for a refill once the storm strikes. Finally, any emergency equipment you have lying around (neck braces, wheelchairs, etc.) may be needed by your family or a neighbor, so keep them accessible!First Aid Bag

5. Other

ATMs become unusable if the power gets knocked out, so it may be a good idea to stock up on cash before the storm so that you can purchase whatever you need afterward. Gasoline is also essential for powering generators or evacuation as needed. Finally, batteries can ensure that you have light and stay in contact with other people, an important creature comfort you never want to be without!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Charmin. The opinions and text are all mine.

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About the author

Diane

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Contact her at dianenassy@gmail.com