Supplies & Consequences for a Hurricane

Hurricanes are nothing short of a devastating event for infrastructure, property, and those unlucky enough to be within its path. When a hurricane strikes, access to essential services may be limited or completely unavailable, which is why it is so critical to have the proper supplies on hand to get you through the storm and its aftermath. We’ll explore some critical supplies and how having them will aid you through the hurricane, as well as potential consequences of not having necessary supplies.

Critical Supplies for a Hurricane

  1. Water:  Perhaps the most essential supply of all is water. The accepted rule of thumb is one-gallon of water per person per day. Hurricanes being the unpredictable creatures they are, you never know what might be affected. According to an article in the New York Times in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Stefanie Arcangelo of the Red Cross says, “You don’t know what is necessarily going to happen due to the storm’s impact. The storm could impact the public water system.”  
  2. Non-Perishable Food:  Access to fresh food or power to store perishables may be limited or non-existent, which is why it’s important to prepare for the hurricane by stocking up on non-perishable items such as canned goods, peanut butter, crackers, or freeze dried foods.
  3. First Aid Kit: Hurricanes cause broken glass and flying debris, any of which can cause injury. With emergency services unavailable, you need to be prepared to aid injuries until medical attention can be sought. It’s advisable to have bandages, gauze, antiseptic, wipes, and at least a few day supply of medications.
  4. Flashlights and Batteries: Losing power is almost guaranteed in the event of a hurricane, so it’s vital to have a proper supply of batteries and flashlights or lanterns. Candles aren’t a good option due to the risk of fire. 
  5. Portable Radio:  A NOAA Weather Radio that is either battery operated or hand cranked is ideal to keep up-to-date on important information on the hurricane and aftermath. 
  6. Cash:  With power outages being a common occurrence during a hurricane, cash may be required if ATM machines or other electronic payment processing machines are unavailable. 

Consequences of not stocking supplies for a hurricane

Not properly preparing or stocking the necessary items for a hurricane can lead to severe consequences. 

It is especially important to prepare adequate or special supplies for elderly residents, young children, and pets. For a hurricane preparedness checklist for download, click here.


Dangers & Tips for a Hurricane

Hurricanes are among the most destructive natural disasters, bringing devastatingly high winds, heavy rainfall, and storm surges that can cause widespread damage and loss of life. These powerful storms can strike coastal areas and inland regions with little warning, and leaving residents with only a short amount of time to prepare. In this blog, we’ll explore the dangers & tips for a hurricane so that you can weather the storm.


Understanding some of the most severe dangers posed will better prepare you for anything the storm throws your way. 

In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Governor DeSantis of Florida surveys the destruction that spread across Fort Myers. In an interview with BBC, DeSantis comments, “To see a house just sitting in the middle of Estero Bay, literally must have gotten picked up, flown because of the massive wind speed and the storm surge and depositing in a body of water.”


It’s clear hurricanes are forces to be reckoned with, destructive, dangerous, and downright terrifying. For your safety, it is important to properly prepare and have plans in place. 

Be informed and prepared to endure the devastatingly high winds, heavy rainfall, and storm surges hurricanes bring. Widespread damage will be imminent. However, employing these tips and knowledge about this destructive natural disaster gives you the best chance at safety and security. For more information on the dangers & tips for a hurricane, please visit Prepare before the storm.