Hurricane season has begun and experts project that this year’s hurricane activity will be above average. With these predictions, you want to do everything possible to be prepared in advance. This season, refrain from frantically buying bottled water and single-serving plastic-wrapped food in bulk and check out these eco-friendly hurricane preparation tips. There is no need to give up a green lifestyle just because a hurricane is on its way!
A compromised or contaminated water supply can be expected in the event of a strong storm. Officials recommend you stock three gallons of water per person (and pet) in case of an emergency. Rather than buying plastic water bottles, fill up gallon-sized jugs with filtered tap water. Pitchers, reusable water bottles, or any large container can be used, too. The LifeStraw Personal Water Filter may also be handy if your supply runs low. This straw-like filtration device can purify up to 1,000 liters of water, removing bacteria, parasites, and microplastics.
Foods that do not require refrigeration or cooking are a great place to start. Try to buy snacks in larger containers instead of single-serve plastic wrap to reduce unnecessary waste. Dried fruits, nuts, peanut butter, crackers, cereals, and canned items that you enjoy eating are essential to your hurricane supply. We encourage you to stock up on food that you would normally eat to ensure that it will not be thrown away after the storm passes. Remember to set aside cans to recycle once facilities reopen and throw out the lids. Foods stored in glass containers are also a great sustainable option, since you can reuse the jar.
Plates and Cups
While paper plates are not the most sustainable option, dishwashing is not always feasible in emergency situations. Search for paper products made from recycled content or sugarcane byproducts. Use reusable cups.
Stock up on batteries and opt for rechargeable ones if possible. These batteries are much more sustainable than disposable batteries because they can be used hundreds or even thousands of times! Their charge typically lasts longer than their single-use counterparts, too. Just charge enough beforehand so they can be used while the power is out.
Although it may seem like an antique, a hand crank radio is also an essential piece of equipment to add to your hurricane stock. This reliable device can provide NOAA weather alerts, sustainable power, and light, providing a beacon of hope if the power is out.
Zero waste is a goal, but your wellbeing should always be your priority. We strongly encourage you to gather any items that you could not do without in an emergency in advance. These necessities include prescription medication and home-use medical devices, personal hygiene items, childcare supplies, and a first aid kit. Keep copies of any essential documents in a biodegradable or reusable waterproof ziplock bag.
Prepare Your Home
Clear your yard of items that could turn into projectiles, including lawn furniture, propane tanks, bikes, and flower planters. Remove dead tree branches or branches that extend over your roof before the wind gets to them. Most importantly, cover up windows with storm shutters or reusable, weatherproofed pieces of plywood to protect yourself from shattered glass.
We encourage you and your family to plan ahead at the start of hurricane season each year. Locate the nearest shelter from your home and prepare a bag that includes items you may need to leave with. Following this game plan, you should be prepared for anything without compromising your eco-friendly lifestyle. For more information on the finest homes of the Palm Beaches, contact a Tauber Real Estate specialist today at (561) 626-4633.