questionsdo you have a "hurricane kit"?

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I have just about everything I would need around the house, but no, I don't have it all as a "kit". When we are expecting a storm I do check the flashlights and make sure the batteries are strong and that I have extras. I keep one by the bed in case the electric goes out and my UPS unit will wake me if that happens. I also get buckets and fill them with water just in case so toilets can be flushed. There's already bottled water in the house for other uses, so I'm covered there. I also make sure cellphones are charged. But I am not one that runs to the store to stock up before the storm.

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When I was younger I had a tornado bag. I had a bag that sat near my door that I could easily throw some stuff in on the off-chance that something were to happen. Items included in my kit, my pokemon card collection, my gameboy color and games, 4 partially used but "still good" batteries, one cheap tiny flashlight I got at a carnival, a can of pop that I hid up in my room for emergencies, a sweatshirt and other assorted clothes, and a picture of my family.

Looking back now, I still appreciate my items even though I didn't actually need to use my bag.

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@studerc: Hah.. well, if you have the right combination of Pokemon cards, I think you could stop the tornado.

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I've always had a stock of emergency supplies. I don't know any other way to live. It's the way I was raised, and I'm stuck with it. No matter what disaster we're talking about, there are a few rules I follow.

1. a gallon of water, per person, per day, for at least three days. If there's no source of water externally (i.e. no swimming pool, pond, lake, river), I'd up that to two gallons.
2. food that can be eaten without cooking, and is non-perishable.
3. batteries, flashlights, small radio, candles, matches
4. good emergency medical kit, containing disinfectants and bandages, at least

If you're further away from town, also consider small firearms and other preparations for looters (sorry, folks, but this does happen). If you have animals, be sure you have adequate food for them, and are able to get to them to take care of them.

Warm clothes, preferably wrapped in something waterproof.

There's more, but that's a start.

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Don't forge the chocolate.

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We went out and grabbed 2 jugs of water, some bread and flashlights cause "Cell phones aren't good enough." I figger if things gets real bad we can just order out for some Chinese.

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Not necessary in Arkansas, but an excellent reminder to those who may need one. However, it wouldn't hurt us to have a tornado bag ready because there is little if any warning for them.....:>\

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I live in South Louisiana so we always have a hurricane kit ready and we refresh it every spring. Added to the items listed above are a generator and fuel, propane for grill, canned goods (and a can opener that does NOT require electricity), and other stuff that occurs to us at the time, including puzzles and books and things to keep everyone occupied if the power is out for a while. Since hurricanes hit down here when the temps are high, we keep a small window unit A/C to run off of the generator. One major thing to remember, and you have to do this when you know a storm might be on the way, is to make certain that all prescriptions for family and pets are filled. Oh, and keep some cash handy. Any stores that CAN open probably won't be able to process credit cards.

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We don't have a specific "kit" or "bug-out-bag," but we do keep several days worth of food/water here at all times, batteries, hand-crank radio, etc. Just habit from growing up in earthquake country - it's serving me well here in "the power goes out a few times every friggin winter" country.

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Since I live in Florida, we've always had a hurricane kit. And we have always, always, taken each storm seriously. After the 2004 storms - Charley, Frances, & Jeanne went right over us, knocking power out for weeks, we have not 1 but 3 generators and the house is hard wired for them to run it. Friends evacuate to our house!

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I've lived in Florida for over 25 years. Never had a specific "kit" prepared. I've been without power for about a week once. Not a huge deal as I have a natural gas stove and hot water heater. Gas seems to never been affected by any storm. No need for flashlights, radios, etc (I have sky lights, so you can easily see at night). Cook up the food in the fridge first, use all the ice in the ice maker to fill a cooler to keep frozen food for a couple days longer, then start on the non-perishables. There's always a case of water in my house, but I can always boil water with my gas stove too. For a cat 3 or 4, I'd probably buy a few extra gallons ahead of time. Cat 5, I'd just evacuate, as I live on the coast (Though I really don't have anywhere to go).

This all assuming you don't own a generator. I did for a little while, but it rarely got used. Wasn't worth dragging out for a day or less without power. I sold it a few years back and haven't regretted it yet. I'm a survivor. I'll be ok.

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Yes. It includes beer, wine, chocolate, canned goods, water, batteries, candles. But most importantly, LOTS OF BEER AND WINE.

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I have a section of the basement set aside for emergencies like hurricanes and blizzards. I rotate things as needed. It just feels like the safe thing to do.

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Lots of good answers. Although I generally get things together when we need it, I think I may just put a kit together and leave it in the basement. Couldn't hurt. Between storms, blizzards and our power company being pretty flakey, it may not be bad to have the basics "just in case."