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5 storm essentials you should be stocking up on right now

Posted by Garick Giroir on June 27, 2022

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Here are five essential things you should buy now to make your life easier when the next tropical storm or hurricane enters the gulf.

Water

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Access to clean water is essential during a natural disaster. FEMA recommends having at least 3-days worth of water stored away in case of emergency; One gallon per day for each family member. If you have the storage space, aiming for a 2-week supply is the safest bet.

Batteries

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Start stocking up on batteries and check to make sure your flashlights still work. Alkaline batteries, particularly AA and AAA, are must-buys, but make sure to grab some D batteries and 6-volt lantern batteries as well to power larger flashlights and lanterns.

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Fuel

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When a storm is in the horizon, fuel becomes liquid gold for many residents. Fill up your empty cans today with both pure and non-ethanol gasoline to avoid the rush.

Now is also the time to give your generator some TLC. Check the oil levels and, if needed, change it according to the manufacturer guidelines. Maintaining the filters will help prevent the fuel lines from clogging up. 

Ice

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Once your freezer powers off, your food becomes a ticking timebomb. Having ice on-hand can help prolong the shelf life of your perishable items. Start building up your ice reserves as soon as your freezer is back in working condition. Freezing water in plastic bottles and cardboard jugs creates large "cubes" that don't melt as quickly. Just remember to leave a couple of inches empty at the top, so the water has room to expand when it freezes.

Non-perishable foods

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One of the most important things you can buy right now is non-perishable foods— that is, foods that don't need to be refrigerated or cooked. According to the CDC, canned foods can last up to a year on your shelf. 

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Register for mobile banking

Make sure you are registered for online and mobile banking. Doing so will make accessing your money during the storm much easier. If you are already registered, make it a point to memorize your username and password so that if you get locked out during a hurricane, you'll have the information needed to unlock it yourself.

Take photos of your home

Have you ever had damage dealt to your home and thought I wish I had taken pictures of it beforehand? Well, now is the time to do that.

According to insurance adjuster Stephen Hadhazi, you should take as many photos as you possibly can of your home, including good close up shots of your roof shingles and siding. 

"If you're able to show the insurance company 'this is what it looked like the day before the storm', then your claim is going to get settled a whole lot faster," says Hadhazi.

 

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