🚦EDITTED AFTER HURRICANE MARIA🚦🚨
It’s taken me a few days but I was able to search and link all the items I bought for my 2 EVACUATION KITS. I have set up this list as an Amazon Affiliate and 100% of the proceeds will go towards HURRICANE HARVEY, IRMA AND MARIA VICTIMS. What a catastrophe for our country and my thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved. 😰🙏🏽So this is a great opportunity for you to prepare your own families with an Evacuation/Disaster Kit while also helping out your fellow Americans who’s lives have been turned upside down. 😭 🙌🏽
A quick note on how I chose the products and how to use the links. 🚥When you click on an item and add it to your cart, you can press backwards to back to my blog post and then click the next link of an item and add it to your cart and so on. The cart keeps updating even if you leave my page. 🛒 Ok so like I mention below I chose these items based on quickest shipping time. 🏃🏻Most were available through prime which was 1-3 day shipping. I wanted the items quick so I could create my box at the same time (the following week) versus over several weeks/months when I would start to forget. I also tried to use the lowest prices or the best bang for my buck since hopefully I will never have to really use this stuff. Thirdly I tried to buy items that came in group since there are 6 in my family and I was trying to be cost conscious. Also I know some items I could buy easily at the store or CVS but like I mentioned since I was already focusing on this task it was easier to add these items into my cart so I knew they were taken care of…like tampons or paper plates. I made personal notes next to the item on why and how it’s used and the link to purchase is UNDER the item name. Obviously you chose what you think is right for your family based on your needs, budget location…. GOOD LUCK! I’m adding the list here and then you can read the original blog post that has already had almost 5,500 views and several shares! Thanks to all the nice comments! ❌⭕️❌⭕️❤️💙🇺🇸🇵🇷
EVAC KIT LIST w/AMAZON LINKS:
Plastic Storage Box (2)
Handcart (to stack/move the heavy boxes on)
(Personalize your size to your needs depending on how much you buy)
Tarp (to hang overhead to block rain or to ductape against a rainy opening)
100 ft rope (people used this to hold on to when trying to evacuate in a flood)
Rope/Ties (for the tarp)
All purpose knife
Axe (to use to cut through an attic or to cut through anywhere)
Pack whistles (tie one around each persons neck)
String for whistles
Arm floats (kids AND adults as an added level of protection in flood)
Eye goggles (disaster fallout keep your eyes protected)
Kids one piece rain coats
Adult two piece rain coats
Inner tubes (use in flood zone)
Hand Crank Radio with NOAA (also has a phone Charger)
Headlamps (keep all hands free)
Small Flashlights (use string to tie around everyone’s neck)
Solar Power Phone Charger
XXL Mophie Phone Charger (this is biggest mophie Charger they offer you can probably get at least 5-7 charges)
All types of Batteries
Face Masks (in disaster fallout keep your face and lungs safe)
Rescue sleeping bags for warmth
Tool Kit (includes a hammer to break out of an attic in flooding)
Phone Wires to Charge (use with the mophie to charge multiple devices)
Rescue Mylar Blankets (emergency thin blankets- but I would also grab a real blanket if I could as well)
Disposable Toilet Paper (tiny balls instead of huge toilet paper rolls although I would add probably at least 2 real rolls in also)
Scissor (put in both boxes)
Air horn (to alert help)
State Map of NY (add your own states or surrounding states)
Battery Operated Lantern (provides bright coverage for the room)
White Towel (wave for help)
(Add in 1)
Water Purification Tablets
Health Essentials/ Food & Drink List: BOX 2
Add your own food (cans, snacks and non perishables and drinks
Water- I have 1 gallon for each psn plus 2 extra
(Add in 1-2 due to space)
Bug Spray (for stagnant water)
(Individualized add your own to last at least 1 week, prescription meds, pain killer, allergy meds and meds for kids)
Tampons (can’t imagine being without these)
(Add your own sizes)
2.5 gallon Gas Can (gets you around 30 miles of gas I think)
Deck Cards and games
(Personalized add your own)
Socks (to use on feet and hands in case of emergency for anyone)
(Add old towels- I was told several were needed. Maybe 1 for each person)
Ear plugs (to block loud scary sounds for kids)
Individual Fans (I wanted different size options)
THE PLAN: Part 3:
Rescue Boat for Kids w/ battery operate pump (in a flood a good way to transport your kids and keep them Together)
MY ORIGINAL POST FROM 9/16/17
As you may or may not know about me, I love a good exhaustive list. 📝 A list that has so much on it, that you just laugh and work your way backwards X-ing off what you don’t need like my Complete Vacation Packing List and my Exhaustive Sleepaway Camp Packing List. It’s better to be safe then sorry and I’d rather have too much or read too many options then to later regret that you didn’t do your due diligence. 👍🏽 I started gathering lists and taking notes last week before we even knew where Hurricane Irma was headed after watching the round the clock coverage of Harvey and just in case the Eye was headed for the Shaps. 🌫🏡 I didn’t want to rush out and fight the crowds when panic sets in and it’s too late. I don’t want to deal with the stress of the supermarket shelves being bare and long lines at the gas station. I was 36 weeks pregnant with Hurricane Sandy and completely traumatized. The time is NOW people. Do it once and be done on YOUR TIME when YOU ARE IN CONTROL and not rushed and scared. Even if Trump doesn’t let in Hurricane “Jose” or Maria 😡😤 (just officially categorized as a Hurricane as of Sunday afternoon) lol…It’s a one time cost that is well worth your peace of mind. Put it away in your garage or storage place that gives you easy access so you can act in a moments notice and forget about it. ✔️ I decided to create my Disaster Kit in 3 parts: the evacuation/survival stuff, personal hygiene and food/water stuff and the written plan of action. 📋
(I am considering doing a service where you can pay me a flat fee and I will assemble and deliver the box to you ready to go with everything already done for you and personalized for your family, needs and budget. I would have loved to pay for someone to do all The research ordering gathering and packing for me! Or I am considering selling my Amazon list with all the links for less. If you are interested let me know- firstname.lastname@example.org) 😄👏🏽👌🏾
Ok so after searching through several lists I found online and resources from friends I got to work on Amazon. 💸 I found these big storage boxes at COSTCO And I like the colors because they are different than your typical clear boxes and I like the yellow because it looks like a hazard kind of color. 🔶◼️
My list is still a work in progress and as I come up with a new idea 💡 I order and throw it into the box as it arrives. As I add each new thing to the box I write what it is on the cover of the box with a sharpie so I know exactly what’s inside. 📦🖋
So inside box #1 which I labeled Evac Kit, I added everything I need to survive on our own for a few days in our house or in case we needed to take the boxes and RUN and leave town and possibly live out of our car or wherever.
So inside are survival essentials, camping stuff, first aid, comfort supplies and basic supplies that would help in case there was some kind of terrorist attack. Using images from 911, I added stuff I thought would be useful for my family of 6. In this day and age with the threat of North Korea and Isis attacks it’s hard not to be on edge. After watching round the clock coverage of Harvey and Irma I learned a lot and took mental notes. The theme here is OPTIONS. I would hope that our area would never flood like Harvey but how could we know? 🌊 Being at the bottom of a hill I’m not gonna take any chances. I’m ready! For example if I had to wade in water 1. I would be frozen❄️ 2. How would I hold on to 4 kids.😱👭👬 So I found cheap one piece rain suits for the kids and a 2 piece set for adults that give me some peace of mind knowing we are all better protected then if we were wearing shorts and tank tops like these poor people on tv.
We have different size disposable ponchos. As another added precaution I found a cheap pack of arm floaties and inner tubes. I heard too many sad stories of kids being ripped apart in the currents. Again I take comfort in having OPTIONS. We won’t talk about my really embarrassing and probably never will be needed blow up raft for 3 WITH OARS and a battery operated pump. 🛶 Maybe I got carried away. 😜 Options people…I figured I can group and transport the kids together…moving on…I hate feeling extremely cold or hot so I got different supplies to protect us from the elements: a tarp, ties, long rope (I saw people use rope as a way to hold on and walk through the water without being rushed away), thermal disposable sleeping bags, popup rescue tent and rescue blankets. Also i included 2 brand new mophie chargers charged and ready to go- 1 solar and 1 regular (20,000 mah- huge). I added different ways to alert help for each of the 6 of us- whistles and glow sticks. I got a big air horn. 🎺 I added a white towel in it to wave for help. 🏳 Each of us has a head lamp and hand held flashlights. 🔦
In case you need to have free hands. 👐🏽 Added a tool kit, strong knife that can also break through glass and scissors. Then a bunch of camping/survival stuff like fire starters, waterproof matches in a water proof case, can openers, water purification tablets, Hand crank radio etc….As far as terrorist attacks or any other kind of disaster I bought eye goggles for all of us and face masks. All I keep thinking about was the videos of the victims of 911 with dust on their faces and they couldn’t breath or see. They were cheap enough and I figured they could come in handy in various ways. 👓✔️ Oh and I bought a hard copy of the map of NY because when power goes out and you can’t get internet service and you are trying to evacuate with a million people and perhaps you need to find alternative routes this is when the hard copy will come in handy 🗺
100 ft rope
All purpose knife
Kids one piece rain coats
Adult two piece rain coats
Hand Crank Radio with NOAA
Solar Power Phone Charger
XXL Mophie Phone Charger
All types of Batteries
First Aid Kit
Phone Wires to Charge
Ponchos Adults and Kids
Rescue Mylar Blankets
Disposable Toilet Paper (tiny balls)
Battery Operated Lantern
Ok moving on to box 2 📦. I filled this with Health Essentials/Food Readiness and Water.
It contains all paper goods and plastic utensils, napkins, ziplocks, garbage bags and paper towels. I obviously added and shampoo conditioner soap tampons toothbrush toothpaste sunscreen soap and all those toiletries . I bought an 8 inch battery operated fan for EACH person and at first I put the batteries into everything but then people reminded me that they corode so I have to remove them and put in a labeled baggie so I know which batteries are for which item! 🌬Anything that needs any form of prepping, or assembly I’ve already done. BATTERIES! Lots and lots and lots of batteries. Insect repellent for stagnant water. Any and all medications you may need for AT LEAST 1 week! A 2.5 gallon gas ⛽️ can that I can bring with us to fill up! Don’t forget if you have pets you need to prepare for their survival as well. 🐶🐱This box 📦 I plan on leaving half full so last minute I can add cans of food and snacks etc.From FEMAs website “Following a disaster, there may be power outages that could last for several days. Stock canned foods, dry mixes and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation. Be sure to include a manual can opener and eating utensils.” I bought 6 gallons of water stored on a shelf. I also got water purification tablets and I saw on tv a Disaster Expert lady said you can add a cap full of bleach to a gallon of water, which sounded kinda scary but you can research that on your own! 💦💦💦💦
2.5 gallon Gas Can
***add food and drinks later***
The final segment is my Evacuation Plan on what to do first and what to grab with only a few minutes to spare. 📜
In essence your most valuables and important instructions. ♥️ I wrote them down and have them hanging in an important spot. So if I’m under pressure and freaking out all the thinking is already done for me when I was clear headed. I just have to follow my instructions. So for me my most important things to grab is 1. My dv tapes from when the girls were young 📽📼 2. My Shutterfly albums 📕3. My computers and hard drives.💻 🗄 4. The box of pictures of me when I was younger👧🏽.5. Last minute meds 💊 Craig has already made copies of our most important papers and has them in 1 waterproof envelope ready to be grabbed. 📁📑 You know the kind of stuff: Important documents, insurance, passports, birth certificates, and any other records your family or your pets need. (do shelters that accept pets need vaccination records?)
Plus he will grab the cash. Red Cross recommends enough by not too much. Also I heard hurricane victims on tv saying they were unable to buy supplies and food even though stores were open because they had no power and so they couldn’t take credit cards. So cash is important! 💵That’s it for the 6 Shaps. ✔️4 items plus our kids and we are OUT THE DOOR! 🚪🚶🏻💨 Pros of not having too many 👜💍 lol is that there’s not much to grab! Families can make emergencies less stressful by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Protect yourself and your loved ones by making an emergency plan.
Ok so are you still reading? 😳Or do you think I’m completely nuts? 😱That’s ok laugh. 😂🤣 Enjoy! I have such peace of mind and feelings of accomplishment that in some sick way now I want to put my goodies to the test! 😈 Just kidding. The best case scenario is that it was a big waste of money, a sunk cost, an insurance in my future, but money well spent with the confidence of knowing I am as best prepared as I can be to take care of my family of 6. I like that I have a multitude of options at my disposal. Bottom line is it’s of utmost importance to take any warnings seriously. Evacuate on first recommendation. 🚐💨 Get ahead of your game. Don’t live in fear and regret. Try to get in control of your situation. Be alert and pay attention to the news. If there are warnings or news of any kind of natural disaster or terrorist attack or ANYTHING have a plan and act accordingly and wisely. GET GAS early on! If there’s one thing we learned from SANDY is to get your gas while you can!!!! ⛽️ With my family of 6, it becomes more complicated. It’s not easy to move quickly with so many kids. So I need to prepare ahead so that if an emergency happens things click into place for us fast and as smooth as possible! 👍🏽👏🏽🙏🏽💪🏽
Obviously if you can find a portable generator that would be amazing and if you can afford installing a permanent generator that would save you a lot of stress!!! Just make sure they are working and follow generator safety rules ! Another thing is if you can cut low lying tree branches or dead trees around your property that will also give you another added level of peace of mind. 🌳🌲⛏ I watched eight trees fall like dominoes during hurricane Sandy and I will never forget the tower I felt! 😱
I hope this helped! Remember there is no better time then NOW to prepare and then put away for a rainy day. Believe me you will feel SO MUCH BETTER knowing it’s done and ready to go! If you think of anything else I should add to my list that can be helpful to others please let me know! GOOD LUCK, GOD BLESS AND GODSPEED! 🙏🏽🍀♥️.
Ps- a friend of mine compiled her own Hurricane List and Plan of Action that was VERY SMART. I have included it here thank you SG! ♥️📝🙌🏽
1 gallon/per person/animal x 5-7 days
3-7 days of nonperishable food
(canned meat beans food veggies, box juice, box milk, cereal, soup, pbj, granola bars, nuts, powdered coffee, tea, bread, rice, pasta, pasta sauce, crackers, cookies, raw veggies, fresh fruit, protein bars, jerky, treats for the kids)
Am fm noaa Battery powered radio
Flashlights, preferably LED. Lanterns
Tarps/vinyl table clothes
First aid kit
Water containers (5 gallon collapsible)
Manual can opener
Solar charger for cell phone
Prescriptions meds and glasses
Cash and change
Pets – Pet food, extra lights, Heat packs
Ziplocks, small and big
Large plastic bins
Small Grill w propane or charcoal
Extra Propane or charcoal
Paper towels /tp
Water purification tablets
Corded phone for landline
Antibacterial hand soap
Screen shot important documents and send to email. Get vet records in case you need to shelter.
Download zello app – acts as a walkie talkie if cell service is down
Stock up on food for animals
Empty ice in freezer and make more
Get gas/fill tanks
gas for generators
Get ice for coolers
freeze water in ziplocks and place in freezer
Bring outdoor furniture indoors or secure it
Put plastic sheet in tub and fill with water
Old rags & beach towels on windowsills.
Pack bag with good shoes, rain boots, rain gear, 3 days worth of clothing
Pack bag with Important documents insurance, passports, birth certificates, vet records, portable hard drives, laptop, iPads, jewelry, camera
Put heirlooms, albums, important items in plastic bins or bags on high surfaces or the highest floors
Pack lights and heat mats
Poke holes in tupperwares and make habitats for animals
Put food for in small container, bag of dog food, bowl for water
Put valuables you can’t bring with you in dish washer.
Update outgoing messages of cell is gone
Food for box – Box milk, box juice
Small propane grill and propane
Outdoor Extension cords
Here are some other tips and helpful reads from Facebook:
Hurricane tip – if you lose electricity and wifi, update your voicemail message to notify family and friends and keep them updated.You can change your voicemails as many times as you want and can do it without wifi!! (Include date & time)**
For my friends down South!
From a friend. This is sage advice on how to prepare for an emergency:
1. For a big storm like Irma, you need enough water to drink for 7 days. The water does NOT have to be bottled. You can simply buy water containers and fill them with tap water.
2. Get a plastic sheet to line the tub. Then you can fill your tub with water without it leaking out. You’ll use this to flush the toilet and for basic cleaning if the water goes out.
3. Have enough food on hand to eat for 7 days – food bars and other packaged food is good.
4. Buy a large number of Ziploc-like plastic bags – large and small. You’ll use them to protect papers and other valuables AND you’ll fill them 3/4 full of water and stuff the freezer full. Do that by midweek to be sure they are frozen when/if the power goes out over the weekend. It will keep the refrigerator colder. Do NOT set your fridge on the lowest setting.
5. Get a portable radio that receives AM and FM. NOAA radio is good, but doesn’t get you information on evacuations and other instructions. Get batteries.
6. Get LED flashlights and/or lanterns. They run forever on fewer batteries. But you still need plenty of extra batteries.
7. Get large plastic bags. They are invaluable for keeping valuable things dry if you have a leak.
8. Get large plastic boxes. If you put your valuables, photos, and papers in plastic bags inside the boxes, they will likely be okay.
9. Get plastic sheeting and plenty of duct tape.
10. Do your laundry this week! Lol
Just in case…..A few hurricane tricks for those who may need it:
1. Start running your ice makers now and bagging the ice in freezer bags. Fill as much space in between your freezer items as you can.
2. Freeze regular tap water for pets, cleaning or drinking in tupperware-type containers. REMEMBER to leave a small bit of space between the top of the water & the lids so the ice expands but doesn’t crack the container.
3. Start using up your perishables to make more room for ice in the freezer.
4. Fill up all vehicles & check tires & oil.
5. Cash from ATM, at least enough to get you through tolls and gas out of town. Call your bank if you plan on leaving the state so they don’t freeze your card for out-of-area “suspicious” transactions.
6. All important docs screenshot & send to your email. Take originals in sealed bags or plastic bins.
7. Pet & livestock food & supplies. Vet records in case you need to shelter then at a storm-safe facility.
8. Evacuation plans and share with family members so they know where you’re headed.
9. Consider putting heirlooms & photos in plastic bins in a high place, second floor, or safe room if you don’t plan on taking them with you.
10. SECURE ALL FIREARMS & AMMUNITION PROPERLY.
11. Old rags & beach towels on your windowsills. Even with the best windows & shutters, water seeping from the wind pressure happens. A few damp towels is better than soaked drywall or floors!
12. Shutter windows and doors and bring everything outside into your garage or house NOW. Do not wait until the day before. Better to get done early and relax than wait until its too late, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE MANDATORY PERSONNEL (hospital employee or first responder).
13. If you don’t already have your hurricane supplies, you might want to get them now. Shelves are already empty in most places.
Here’s more resources:
This one had a HUGELY COMPREHENSIVE list
Having supplies packed and on-hand can literally mean the difference between comfort and hardship or even life and death. So get started!!! 👍🏽 🚨