It’s important to keep a chainsaw handy and know how to use it safely. Also make sure it is sharpened and that it starts quickly. This will save you time and energy—something you’ll be lacking after a storm.
Get a hand-crank radio that can be manually powered. Today these types of models usually have a USB port to power other devices as well.
Collect sheets of plywood and strong 2x4s for bracing and covering windows and doors in your home. The more protection, the better.
Grab a first-aid kit containing both trauma and medical items. This includes clotting agents as well as antihistamines to ensure life-threatening events like a serious wound or anaphylactic shock can be mitigated in a worst-case scenario.
You’ll need hand tools and nails, as well as duct tape, tie-wraps and rolls of plastic or rubberized tarps. Keep all of these supplies handy.
More tools include axes, saws, pry bars and knives. I always have my “hurricane knife” on during and after the storm, which can chop, pry and cut myself and my family out of a collapsed room or ceiling. My new hurricane knife is a custom blade by Tom Bender with a stout, long blade that can be re-sharpened as needed.
Finally, have access to firearms with a sufficient quantity of ammunition and cleaning supplies. Store them in a secure place for weather resistance and where no one but yourself can gain access.
Preparation is one of the best ways to survival both natural and manmade disasters. Living in south Florida, I’ve survived several hurricanes, and by now I’ve gone to great lengths to make sure my family is comfortable in the devastating aftermath.
Here are some of the best tools and pieces of equipment to add to your inventory for storm survival.
This article was originally published in SURVIVOR’S EDGE ™ Winter 2015 magazine. Print and Digital Subscriptions available here.
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