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Hurricane Preparedness Tips on a Budget

7/15/2022 (Permalink)

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Hurricane Preparedness Tips on a Budget

Hurricane season began on June 1st. Are you prepared? It doesn’t take much to be prepared and it does not have to be expensive to gather the supplies needed for your hurricane kit. Check out these budget friendly hurricane preparedness tips so you are not caught off guard.

TIP NO. 1:Do not panic. My favorite weatherman always says don’t freak out unless he tells us to.  Sometimes a storm looks real bad a week away and then can go a totally different direction. I always love when they just break down or go back into the ocean.

Here are the basic supplies and how to get them as frugally as possible.


You need one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation. This does not need to be store bought bottled water. Water out of your tap is fine. Fill up empty bottles and jugs and freeze. I start collecting empty bottles (2-liter bottles, water bottles, etc.) starting in May and then if a storm is approaching I will fill them and put them in the freezer. Fill up buckets and cleaned trash cans for water to be used for flushing and basic cleaning. You can also plug and fill sinks and tubs for this same purpose.


You need at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food for each person in your family. Canned pasta, soup, granola bars, cereal are best. You are basically looking for food that does not necessarily need to be heated and does not need to be refrigerated once opened. It is best to stock up on what you like at the beginning of the hurricane season and then put into your cupboards in at the end of the season.

You also will need a manual can opener.

Staying Informed

You should have a Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both. Make sure your devices such as laptops, tablets, phone, and external chargers are all charged up.


Flashlights and extra batteries. The Dollar Tree sells flashlight batteries. While not the best batteries, they do work and will work for as long as they are needed for the hurricane. Plus, you can buy several packs.  I also stock up on matches (have them stored in a waterproof container) and candles.

First Aid Kit

Other Important Items

  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Local maps, your local Triple AAA will have them for free for AAA members
  • Books, games, puzzles and other activities for children
  • List of all medications for everyone in the family

Things to Have All Year Round

  • Weather proof security box with important documents such as birth certificates, insurance policies, etc.
  • Renters and homeowners insurance, including flood damage. During the hurricane season have those policy numbers and contact information handy.
  • Candles

Most of these items can be kept in a storage tote in the garage or if you are in an apartment like me, in a closet. Once a hurricane is forecasted many places offer access to free sand bags so you can help protect your home from flooding.

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