We know running from a storm is scary. We know waiting for the storm to pass is just as threatening. You might be wondering if your house is okay, your neighbors, or what it will look like outside. To help ease those thoughts, we put together a small list of supplies and “happies” to help pass the time and use when necessary.
This one is obvious. There is no telling how long you’ll be in your shelter, but we do know you might get hungry while waiting for the storm to pass. If that happens we suggest things like peanut butter, maybe some crackers, or tuna which doesn’t have to be cooked and is high in protein. These are easy to pack for your emergency kit. Also, don’t forget about your pets. They might get a little hungry themselves.
Water is your life source. It keeps you hydrated, cool, and refreshed. Water can also be used for baby formula or cleaning possible wounds that have occurred. After your first sip, you’ll feel a tad better. Make sure to pack extra, too!
Listening to the rumbling winds and sirens might not be your ideal sound, but what about laughter? Having some board or card games to play is a must! Uno, Monopoly, Charades! and many more are a great way to get the family comfortable. We know these aren’t the most ideal conditions, but let’s make the most of it and have some fun.
You or a family member might have tripped running to the storm shelter in the nick of time. Luckily, you packed a first-aid kit in your storm shelter. You can buy a kit at just about any department store or you can make your own. Make sure to include ointment, aspirin, Band-Aids, small scissors, medical tape, and some cotton swabs. You’ll be happy you had this kit!
Flashlights or battery-powered lanterns are the perfect light source during a storm. We know phones and tablets are accessible to light apps, but you might not think about grabbing a tablet when you’re taking cover quickly. A flashlight is ideal to hold and help sort through your belongings. A lantern is great to light up the whole pod. You might want to snag a pack of batteries too!
Battery-powered cell phone charger
Did you know that cell phones have reception in a fiberglass storm shelter? That’s a big plus considering steel or concrete shelters don’t have reception. But in case your stay within the shelter is longer than you planned, a fully-charged cell phone might make you feel more secure. In case of an emergency phone call, or trying to get in touch with a loved one, you’ll want a back-up charger in order to keep constant contact. Make sure to pack this one in your survival kit!
If you happen to have an infant or small child inside the shelter, baby supplies is great to have. Diapers, wipes, creams and powders, toys, or maybe even some wash to keep your baby clean. The baby wipes can also be used for clean-up of any kind.
Now, these are just a few of what we recommend. You might be able to suggest some better items. We would love to know what you think is most important inside your survival kit. Give us a call or comment below and tell Lake Martin Storm Shelters what you believe is #1 on your survival kit list!