Preparing For Tropical Weather On A Budget

Matt Pierce Briscoe/ D. Mason

There is a threat of tropical weather this weekend for parts of the Texas Gulf Coast and if you have not made your “Disaster Kit” yet, then right now is the time to make that happen. We put together a basic list of things that can help you along get your kit started and overall, it will cost you about $50 if you buy them from bargain priced department stores. and other area department and grocery stores. So if you are preparing for tropical weather on a budget, we have you covered.

A basic emergency supply kit, on a budget, includes the following items:

  • Water: One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food: At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place.
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
  • Pet food, leashes, crates, medications

Southside Light News went to various area discount stores to find the best deals, and nearly everything on the list was available for purchase.

A 6-pack of dust masks costs $1, a pair of pliers costs $7.00, and a 24-pack of 16.9 oz. water bottles costs $3.95.

And if you want to make your kit a little bit more elaborate you can grab some mini-cooling towels for about $2.98, mini-AA flashlight $1.28 and some work gloves for about $2.

While it might not be the biggest and grand generator or the most fanciest kit on the block, it will do the trick—especially if you are a family on budget.

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