Here Comes Hurricane Season Again… Being Prepared Is the Only Way to Face It

Watch 4Patriots Customers Pam and Tom’s video story of
surviving a hurricane here:


 

I turned on my computer one morning last week and guess what the first news headline I saw was?

“Hawaii Is Bracing for a Powerful Hurricane and Officials Say There’s Not Enough Shelter for Everyone.”

Hurricane Lane had developed into a Category 5 storm and was turning north toward Hawaii. Warnings were issued for all the islands. Store shelves emptied quickly. A newscaster reported that a Costco on Oahu had sold out of generators.

Hawaii residents were told they’d have to shelter in place. Which means that having non-perishable food stockpiled would be more important than ever. As it turned out, the hurricane hit hard and many Hawaii residents had to deal with massive flooding.

Emergency Kit Checklist

Hawaii officials warned residents before Hurricane Lane hit that there would not be enough shelter space for everyone during the storm. And homes on the island typically do not have basements or storm shelters.

Local news outlets urged Hawaii residents to have the following supplies on hand for an emergency kit at bare minimum:

  • 14-day supply of non-perishable foods (with little to no cooking required)
  • Water (a minimum of 1-gallon per person per day for drinking and additional uses)
  • Flashlights or lanterns (battery, hand crank or solar powered)
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Portable radio (battery, hand crank or solar powered)
  • Extra batteries
  • Manual can and bottle opener
  • Butane/propane stove or charcoal grill with fuel
  • Ice chest and ice or frozen ice packs
  • Matches and/or lighter
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Cash or travelers checks
  • Personal hygiene, sanitary supplies and diapers
  • First aid kit and medicines
  • Special needs supplies (eyeglasses, hearing aid, medical bracelet, etc)

As we sit on September’s doorstep, this is a good reminder to all of us to take stock of what we have ready-to-go as an emergency kit.

While we don’t know what the next month will bring, it is historically the most severe month of hurricane season.

But regardless of whether you live in an area of the country that could be affected by a hurricane, you need to prepare for extreme weather.

Tom and Pam Were Ready for Irma

But don’t take my word for it. Florida residents Pam and Tom talk about their experience with Hurricane Irma last year. Please watch and listen to the video above.

Having served in the military for more than a decade, Tom knew all about preparedness before Irma came calling.

“I was in Desert Storm,” he said. “Being in the military gets you a different mindset.
“The way you look at things and the way you look at the world and what’s going on in the world. You’ve got to be ready for anything.”

Even if it’s not a hurricane, Pam added, “There’s something that you need to be prepared for.”

Neighborhood Turns Into a ‘War Zone’

“We knew the electric was going to go off during Irma,” Pam continued. “We were just sitting there waiting for it because we knew it was going to happen.”

After Irma swept through, the couple described their neighborhood as a “war zone.”

“It looked like someone just came along and snapped the telephone poles right at the bottom,” Tom said.

“The feeling we got… it was just overwhelming,” Pam said. “Hopelessness, I guess. Where do you start? You just start picking up sticks.”

Regaining Control Through Preparedness

Pam and Tom lost power for 2½ days, and they were the lucky ones. Others nearby lost it for two weeks.

And that’s the problem with extreme weather. You just never know how hard it’s going to hit. Or how long you’re going to have to deal with the aftermath.

Tom and Pam were upset like everyone else. But they were able to gain control of their emotions and their situation because they were prepared.

“We needed a hot meal,” Pam said. “When I opened that package of Potato Soup, we felt like we were in control of the situation. We were going to eat. And not sandwiches or peanut butter.

“Yep, we were going to eat. And we did, and it was delicious. Made us feel like we were in control again!

“My best advice is to start (preparing) soon,” Pam said. “The sooner you start, the better off you’re going to be.

Don’t Wait to Prepare

If an extreme weather event or other disaster has never struck close to home for you, consider yourself fortunate. But also realize that it’s probably just a matter of time.

Everyone needs to have non-perishable, good-for-25-years survival food on hand in case of emergency.
As people in Hawaii saw last week, canned foods are one of the first items to disappear off the store shelves in a crisis.

Photos of empty grocery store shelves circulated the news outlets last week as residents quickly prepped for the impending storm.

Most people don’t start dealing with a crisis until it’s already on top of them, and by then it’s often too late.
The time to act is now, before a crisis occurs.

And if you haven’t had a look yet, we’re holding a Labor Day special right now in honor of National Preparedness Month, to help you add to your emergency supplies. This exclusive package includes our brand-new survival food kit, along with nearly $600 in bonus gifts.

We’re also giving the option of an easy monthly payment plan, to help get it into your hands today.

But please know, this special expires on Sept 4th, at Midnight Pacific Time. You can get the details, right here.

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