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Emergency Storm Shelter Kit Check List

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Storm season can be scary, but the best way to get through it is to make sure that you and your family are as well prepared as possible. Of course, this means creating an emergency plan, and part of this will be making sure you have access to the following important items, below as well as our Emergency Storm Shelter Kit Check List.

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Medical supplies 

There are two types of medical supplies that you will need to prepare for storm season. The first is emergency supplies for treating injuries that the storm may cause. Basic items like plasters and bandages are helpful here along with dressings, disinfectant wipes, and pain relief pills. 

The second type of medical supplies that you will need to prepare is the medications or equipment that you or your family’s day-to-day use today including inhalers, hearing aids, medications, and glasses. Where possible try to collect spare supplies of these from your doctors and have them packed in your go-bag or stored in your storm shelter ahead of time.

Emergency Devices 

Many devices can help during and after a storm. The first of these are battery operated/ wind up radios as these can be used to stay up to date with the movement of the storm, even after the power has gone out. 

Secondly, be sure to pack rechargeable/windup flashlights, and lamps, as well as batteries, a cell phone charger and a power pack. All of these items should be stored in waterproof containers to protect them from the storm.

If you are familiar with my blog, you know we live in central Oklahoma. موقع وليام هيل للمراهنات This part of the country is known for its storms and especially tornadoes, so we keep our storm shelter clean and ready to go this time of year.  One essential in our storm shelter is a trustworthy and bright flashlight!

Portable generator 
Another vital piece of equipment that you will need for storm season is a portable generator. In particular, a solar generator for house is a smart idea because it means you can create renewable energy once the storm has passed that can be used for all sorts of things from powering your imagery devices to running the appliances in your home if they are still safe to be used.

Consumables 

Finally, in storm season it makes sense to keep a stock of consumables in your shelter, or in a go-bag close to the door. It’s best to choose food that needs minimal cooking or doesn’t need to be cooked at all and can be eaten straight from the packet. This means pots of instant noodles, cookies, crackers, and tins of food that is already cooked. Just be sure to include a can opener that you can work with your hands too. موقع العرب Tea and coffee supplies are also a good idea if you have room, instant is best as it requires less preparation and supplies. 

Water is another important consumable, primarily for drinking but also for washing etc. A guideline of around a gallon per person a day should be enough. Be sure to store at least a week’s worth of clean water in your storm shelter ahead of time as it can be bulky and hard to move. 

Lastly, with your consumables, it’s a good idea to store some matches. Be sure to keep them in an airtight bag to prevent any water from getting to them during the storm.

Emergency Storm Shelter Kit Check List

One thing I wanted to share with my readers is a good checklist of things to have in their storm shelter. We keep all these supplies either in the storm shelter, but you can keep them in the garage ready to go with you at a moment’s notice.  The flashlights are the one thing you do not want to compromise on, if you must rely on your storm shelter.

In the event of a power outage, it’s tempting to use your smartphone flashlight to light the way. However, this can waste valuable battery life, and we do not want our phones dead during a major storm! We try to preserve our phone battery for emergency calls, and sometimes we are out of power for a long period of time before it comes back on and we can plug the phones in!  Did you know the light on your smartphone is only 1% compared to the light coming out of the Surefire Sidekick? Also using your smartphone light for long periods of time can make your phone hot! So, a flashlight and weather radio are at the top of my check list.

SureFire Storm Shelter Kit

If we know a storm is heading our direction, a good habit to get into is to plug all those devices in and let them charge up. I still forget to do this sometimes! Here is our Storm Shelter Kit Checklist:

  • Battery operated weather radio
  • Reliable flashlight like the SureFire Sidekick
  • Water bottles
  • Pillow and Blanket for each person
  • Dog harness/leashes (or portable pet crate if your pet would do better in an enclosed environment)
  • Individually wrapped snacks (we take peanut butter crackers, cheese crackers etc)
  • Wallet/Purse
  • Smartphones
  • Tablets (if applicable)
  • Any required medicines you must have (insulin, etc)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Stocked diaper bag, if applicable
  • Bathroom supplies, as applicable for small children. We recommend a 5 gallon bucket from your local hardware store and a bottle of VIP-Poo( you just never know)
  • Charged battery packs.

Let us know what else you like to put in your Storm Shelter Kit in the comments below!

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