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 in emergency prep basics we typically prioritize storing lots of safe water first, 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 would 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

$4.99
Emergency Drinking Water
Emergency Drinking Water

Emergency Drinking Water

$99.00
Emergency Glowstick
Emergency Glowstick
Emergency Glowstick

Emergency Glowstick

$2.00
Datrex Food Bars
Datrex Food Bars
Datrex Food Bars

Datrex Food Bars

$11.97
Outdoor Personal Cleansing Wipes
Outdoor Personal Cleansing Wipes
Outdoor Personal Cleansing Wipes
Outdoor Personal Cleansing Wipes
Outdoor Personal Cleansing Wipes
Outdoor Personal Cleansing Wipes
Outdoor Personal Cleansing Wipes
Outdoor Personal Cleansing Wipes
Outdoor Personal Cleansing Wipes

Outdoor Personal Cleansing Wipes

$7.99
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

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 favorite below. Note that you still need to add personal items like medication, a change of clothes, a local map and documents.

Uncharted Go Bag: The Seventy2
Uncharted Go Bag: The Seventy2
Uncharted Go Bag: The Seventy2
Uncharted Go Bag: The Seventy2

Uncharted Go Bag: The Seventy2

$349.99
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
The SEVENTY2 Pro
The SEVENTY2 Pro
The SEVENTY2 Pro
The SEVENTY2 Pro
The SEVENTY2 Pro

The SEVENTY2 Pro

$499.99

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.

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
Ready America Pet Go Bag
Ready America Pet Go Bag
Ready America Pet Go Bag

Ready America Pet Go Bag

$52.47
Gravity Pet Food Feeder
Gravity Pet Food Feeder
Gravity Pet Food Feeder
Gravity Pet Food Feeder
Gravity Pet Food Feeder

Gravity Pet Food Feeder

$25.99

Cleanup crew.

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

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

Chemical Resistant Waterproof Cleaning Gloves

$9.99
Chainsaw Safety Protective Helmet With Visor
Chainsaw Safety Protective Helmet With Visor
Chainsaw Safety Protective Helmet With Visor
Chainsaw Safety Protective Helmet With Visor

Chainsaw Safety Protective Helmet With Visor

$39.55

Shelter at home.

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

Kaito NOAA Emergency Radio
Kaito NOAA Emergency Radio
Kaito NOAA Emergency Radio
Kaito NOAA Emergency Radio
Kaito NOAA Emergency Radio
Kaito NOAA Emergency Radio
Kaito NOAA Emergency Radio
Kaito NOAA Emergency Radio

Kaito NOAA Emergency Radio

$49.98
Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock

Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock

$49.84
Aquamira Water Treatment
Aquamira Water Treatment

Aquamira Water Treatment

$14.95
Brass ABC Fire Extinguisher
Brass ABC Fire Extinguisher
Brass ABC Fire Extinguisher
Brass ABC Fire Extinguisher

Brass ABC Fire Extinguisher

$249.00
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
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