Hurricane Guide

What does it mean to get ready for a hurricane?

Summer 2020

Before you do any shopping, we recommend taking a few minutes to think of a friend or family member you could visit if local officials recommend you evacuate. Call them and talk to them about a few logistics. If you don’t know anyone, reach out to your local emergency manager.

We recently met an emergency manager in Alabama who worked with a woman in her 80s who thought she was too old to bother with an evacuation plan. After talking, she realized she did have a cousin a few hours away in Tennessee she could visit. They reconnected and now they have a plan to be a safe location, and an out of town contact, for each other.

Many people think of the reporter in the wind shouting “Category 5!” as a hurricane approaches. Katrina was only a Category 3 when it hit land. It is not the wind that is so dangerous during a hurricane; it’s the water. The fast-rising water, called surge, is the cause of most hurricane casualties. During Katrina, the water level (or surge) got up to 28 feet, and up to 14 feet during Hurricane Sandy.

While for most emergency preparation, we typically prioritize storing lots of safe water first, but for a hurricane, the top priority is being ready to GO, LEAVE, GET OUTTA TOWN.

After you’ve determined your evacuation safe location (and how you will get there), you need to pack a Go Bag so you can easily get out of town quickly. You don’t have to buy an expensive go bag – you can make one yourself. We recommend the basic items below.

Build your own Go Bag.

Squeeze Flashlight
Squeeze Flashlight

Squeeze Flashlight

$8.99
Datrex Food Bars
Datrex Food Bars
Datrex Food Bars

Datrex Food Bars

$11.97
Emergency Glowstick
Emergency Glowstick
Emergency Glowstick

Emergency Glowstick

$2.00
Emergency Drinking Water
Emergency Drinking Water

Emergency Drinking Water

$99.00
Ultralight Watertight Medical First Aid Kit
Ultralight Watertight Medical First Aid Kit
Ultralight Watertight Medical First Aid Kit
Ultralight Watertight Medical First Aid Kit
Ultralight Watertight Medical First Aid Kit
Ultralight Watertight Medical First Aid Kit
Ultralight Watertight Medical First Aid Kit
Ultralight Watertight Medical First Aid Kit
Ultralight Watertight Medical First Aid Kit
Ultralight Watertight Medical First Aid Kit

Ultralight Watertight Medical First Aid Kit

$18.99
Safety goggles
Safety goggles

Safety goggles

$3.00

Ready to Go Bags.

Don't feel like going the DIY route? We've got several great options that are ready to go. Check out three of our favorites below. Note that you still need to add personal items like medication, a change of clothes, a local map, and important documents.

REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)

REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)

$114.99
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 2 people)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 2 people)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 2 people)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 2 people)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 2 people)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 2 people)
REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 2 people)

REDFORA Complete Emergency Kit (for 2 people)

$149.99
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit

24Seven - Complete Kit

$349.00

Get out of dodge.

Many people do not evacuate because they don’t want to leave their pet behind. It is the top reason people who don’t have children do not evacuate. Make sure you have a pet-friendly place to go – there are many, you just need to look them up ahead of time. Be sure you have a carrier and Go Bag that works for your pet. You can also leave them behind safely with a gravity fed water and food system.

Complete Emergency Kit for Dogs
Complete Emergency Kit for Dogs
Complete Emergency Kit for Dogs
Complete Emergency Kit for Dogs
Complete Emergency Kit for Dogs
Complete Emergency Kit for Dogs
Complete Emergency Kit for Dogs
Complete Emergency Kit for Dogs
Complete Emergency Kit for Dogs

Complete Emergency Kit for Dogs

$69.99
Complete Emergency Kit for Cats
Complete Emergency Kit for Cats
Complete Emergency Kit for Cats
Complete Emergency Kit for Cats
Complete Emergency Kit for Cats
Complete Emergency Kit for Cats
Complete Emergency Kit for Cats
Complete Emergency Kit for Cats

Complete Emergency Kit for Cats

$63.99
Airline Approved Pet Carrier
Airline Approved Pet Carrier
Airline Approved Pet Carrier
Airline Approved Pet Carrier
Airline Approved Pet Carrier
Airline Approved Pet Carrier
Airline Approved Pet Carrier
Airline Approved Pet Carrier
Airline Approved Pet Carrier

Airline Approved Pet Carrier

$34.95

Cleanup crew.

After the storm, many people unfortunately put themselves back in as much danger as they were in during the hurricane. Use the items below to cleanup safely.

Uxglove Chemical Resistant Waterproof Cleaning Gloves
Uxglove Chemical Resistant Waterproof Cleaning Gloves
Uxglove Chemical Resistant Waterproof Cleaning Gloves
Uxglove Chemical Resistant Waterproof Cleaning Gloves
Uxglove Chemical Resistant Waterproof Cleaning Gloves
Uxglove Chemical Resistant Waterproof Cleaning Gloves
Uxglove Chemical Resistant Waterproof Cleaning Gloves
Uxglove Chemical Resistant Waterproof Cleaning Gloves

Uxglove Chemical Resistant Waterproof Cleaning Gloves

$9.99
Clorox Household Bleach
Clorox Household Bleach
Clorox Household Bleach
Clorox Household Bleach
Clorox Household Bleach
Clorox Household Bleach
Clorox Household Bleach
Clorox Household Bleach
Clorox Household Bleach

Clorox Household Bleach

$19.99

Shelter at home.

Experts recommend being prepared to shelter at home for at least two weeks.

Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500

Voyager Classic KA500

$49.98
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage

WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage

$34.95
On-Duty Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff 4-in-1 Tool
On-Duty Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff 4-in-1 Tool
On-Duty Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff 4-in-1 Tool
On-Duty Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff 4-in-1 Tool

On-Duty Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff 4-in-1 Tool

$16.80
Aquamira Water Treatment
Aquamira Water Treatment

Aquamira Water Treatment

$14.95
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock

SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock

$79.99
Brass ABC Fire Extinguisher
Brass ABC Fire Extinguisher
Brass ABC Fire Extinguisher
Brass ABC Fire Extinguisher

Brass ABC Fire Extinguisher

$249.00