Hurricane season starts this weekend. High winds, flooding, tornadoes and the storm surge. All are hazards that come with tropical systems. These conditions can cause massive power outages, meaning you need to be ready when the lights go out.
Great Outdoor Provision manager Tim Glover showed WWAY several tools that could be helpful in the event of severe weather. Glover said, "This is kind of an interesting lantern system. Nice thing about this is that you can plug it up and charge it up and I think it will last for about 8 hours" You also can't cook food or boil water without power. "We carry some small single burner type stoves which are compact and easy to use," said Glover. You will want to make sure you have plenty of non-perishable food like soup, cereal and granola bars in your pantry before the storm hits. And just in case, you may also want to get freeze dried food, which is available at a lot of camping supply stores.
Glover said, "They are real lightweight. They last almost forever, so you can store them for a full season or year. And, they are easy to cook, you simply add boiling water to them."
Another danger after a storm is the possibility of poor water quality. The best thing is to stock up on water well in advance. But, if your supply runs out, you may need to purify water from the tap yourself.
"Probably the easiest and cheapest route would be chemical treatments. We have iodine, which will treat 25 quarts for $5.95, so it's a good emergency supply if you just need a few days of water, and it will last a long time until you open it. This is a chlorine dioxide, which is a liquid form. It's $13.95 and will treat up to 30 gallons of water," said Glover.
To form a basic kit with water, a stove, fuel, water treatment, freeze dried food, light source and batteries, it can cost you as little as $60. So, stock up now, in case you have to ride out the storm later this hurricane season. For a complete list of must have supplies for hurricane season, check out the hurricanes 101 on our website.