From Modern Boca Mom contributor, Casey of Hunting for Rubies: I am not going to panic about a tropical storm or hurricane, but I will be prepared…and go get some beer, wine and vodka in the event we are stuck inside for 24-36 hours with no power.
We are not native Floridians, but I have been through a few hurricanes in my time. I have been lucky to not be impacted more than losing power for a few days, but that was all pre-kids, so this season, I want to make sure we are well prepared for any kind of storm that comes our way. At the end of the day, I am not terribly worried about a Tropical Storm or a Category 1 Hurricane, but it is better to be safe than sorry.
Florida Hurricane Prep
If this is your first big storm coming out of the Tropics, you may feel a little differently, though. I know my husband is planning for the worst, so I am trying to not be too nonchalant about the situation, because at the end of the day, this might not be our last storm this season.
Here’s how we plan for a possible storm out of the Tropics to hit South Florida this Hurricane Season.
What You Should Have In Your Emergency Preparedness Kit:
- Canned Goods and Non-Perishable Foods (Bonus if it is stuff you will actually eat on a regular basis)
- Baby Goods
- Pet Goods
- Paper Plates and Plastic Utensils
- First Aid Kit
- Matches in Waterproof Container
- Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, and Soap
- Blankets or Sleep Bags for Everyone
Other Things You Will Want To Put On Your Florida Hurricane Prep ‘To Do’ List:
- Make sure you have propane for your gas grill
- Do you have a cooler with ice? You will want one to salvage some of your refrigerator or freezer items in the event that you lose power.
- Take cash out. If we do lose power, banks and ATM’s won’t be open.
- Is your car fueled-up? You won’t want to sit in those lines after a major storm.
- I was just watching the Weather Channel, and a commercial came on suggesting you take pictures of all your valuables in case of damage. Great idea!
- Bring all outdoor furniture, toys, and plants inside.
Ideas For Keeping The Kids Entertained During A Storm or If You Lose Power:
- Dolls, Cars, and Action Figures
- Build a fort and have an extra flashlight for them to play with
- Crayons, Coloring Books
- Clay or Dough
- Fully charged tablets with games and movies
I am not a meteorologist or an expert by any means, so keep checking in with any of these resources on how the storm is progressing in Boca Raton.
Now that you know what necessitates you need in your Emergency Preparedness Kit, go out and get some good junk food for the family and adult beverages for the parents.
If you are stuck inside, it might as well be a party! We want you stay inside and be safe!
Casey has traveled to 47 out of the 50 States, and Disney World probably as many times. She runs a blog called Hunting for Rubies that focuses on Family, Travel, and Adventure here in South Florida and beyond. Interested in travel tips and fun adventures to be had, follow Hunting for Rubies on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.