I get teased for having a hurricane kit
Okay so over the years living in Hawai’i I have been building a small hurricane or disaster kit. I have one that I keep with me wherever I may be in in the disaster and we made one for the car for whichever person needs to be at work. A lot of the storms in Hawai’i get hyped up and cause a small panic. Sending everyone to the store to buy toilet paper and water. Jokes flood the internet with plastic chair memes. The thing is it only takes that one catastrophic storm to hit.
Personally, I have never experienced a really bad disaster to the point where I regretted not having useful items. I have read about so many others experiences and watched numerous amounts of storm videos. (I absolutely love storms). That I decided to keep myself and my family prepared.
Moving here to Texas it never occurred to me that we could experience a hurricane. Well, here in San Antonio we didn’t get hit as hard as expected. I am so very thankful for that. I have been watching live streams of Houston and even though I knew they always got flooded. Sheesh, they are flooded!. My prayers go out to them and everyone else who was affected. I can’t imagine being on the rooftop of my house waiting and praying for rescue. It broke my heart seeing a picture of an elderly home care in Houston that got flooded and all of the elderly were sitting in their wheelchairs in chest high water.Or the thought of being stuck at home on the coast and praying that my house doesn’t fly away. Even the evacuation center down in Rockport collapsed.
Having a kit in situations like that may or may not keep me alive. Hey, it’s still good to be prepared right?I am going to list what I have in my kit. Some things common and others maybe you never thought about.
- Warming blanket (To prevent hypothermia)
- Two small cooking stoves with extra gas cans
- Flint Spark Lighter
- Gum (This may sound like a weird one but there are MANY benefits for having gum on hand)
- Bow and arrow( Another odd one but there are other used besides using it as a weapon)
- First aid kit
- Sewing kit
- Duct Tape (To be added)
- Non-perishable food items
- Satelite Radio
- A bunch of water proof bags(I put everything in these bags including important papers)
This may not be everything but things I can think of off the top of my head. I am working to perfect these kits. I get teased every time I whip out my kit during a disaster or possible disaster. I laugh it off but It does bother me. I get teased because a lot of people are not prepared like how I try to be. That worries me because I don’t have a bunch of things in my kit that can’t be shared. In disasters like the one that is happening now in Texas all the ones who were prepared have to share their kits to save others putting themselves at risk. If everyone would put together a survival kit that in itself I believe can save lives. I know these are not magical kits but hey when you are in survival mode anything little bit helps.
One big thing I want to invest in is a boat. If we owned a boat I would be down there in Houston rescuing people. I have seen so many others with boats helping to rescue people I want to do that. The only thing I can do is donate some money. They are gonna need it. My heart goes out to all the families that have been affected by this storm. I will provide some links to some things to include in your kit below. I highly recommend the waterproof pouches I have used them and they are heavy duty and work great.
“It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.”-Howard Ruff