The bull's eye is on us. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), September is the most common month for hurricanes to make landfall. And this year, October is looking powerful, too.
Now that Ida has passed, are you ready for Hurricanes Nicholas, Odette and Peter? If you live in a location in the eastern half of the country, you need to be prepared. That means having plenty of food, batteries, medications, fuel and water available.
"Fortunately, hurricanes are not surprise weather events," says Daniel Marshall, vice president of marketing and business development with Scepter®. "There's usually plenty of notice that a hurricane is headed your way. However, that doesn't mean you should wait until the last minute to prepare."
Get Ready NOW
If you're potentially in a hurricane zone, Marshall recommends having both water and fuel containers filled at your home.
"Don't scramble and wait until the last minute to purchase essential items and containers," says Marshall. "We've all seen panic buying when a forecast is bad. It results in massive runs and depletion of items you may need. Since September and October are such predictably active months for hurricanes, now is the time to stock up."
Stock Up NOW
For your extended clean water and fuel needs, Marshall recommends two key products:
- Scepter® Military Water Cans - Made from rugged high-density polyethylene, the 20-liter (5-gallon) Military Water Cans are BPA free, which keeps chemicals, odors and tastes out of your water. The corrosion- and fungus-resistant containers keep water clean and safe.
Used extensively by the U.S. and Canadian Armed Forces and NATO allied forces in the field for more than 30 years, these sturdy containers are virtually indestructible. The best-in-class water cans also withstand extreme weather conditions.
- Scepter® SmartControl™ Fuel Containers – Available in 1-, 2- and 5-gallon sizes, award-winning SmartControl fuel containers can be operated in a single motion. The user simply presses the lever up on the SmartControl container to unlock the child safety feature. Then, with the palm of the hand the person squeezes the large button. The first squeeze is done when upright to vent the container. Next, the nozzle gets placed over the tank. A second gentle squeeze allows users to pour just the right amount of fuel.
How Much Should I Have?
If a hurricane hits your area, you could be out of power for days or weeks. During the first critical days after a hurricane, families should be ready to survive with their own food, water and essentials. Plan to have enough supplies for all family members and pets.
According to the National Hurricane Survival Initiative (NHSI), you should store one gallon of clean water per person per day. And, you should have at least a three-day supply of water per person. This equates to two quarts for drinking and two quarts for each person for food preparation and sanitation needs. The NHSI provides a detailed checklist outlining the food, safety, sanitation and tools you may need when a hurricane strike is forecasted.
Marshall recommends having at least a full 5-gallon container of fuel available at all times if you live in a hurricane-prone area.
"While water is essential for living, fuel can help you can get on with your life," says Marshall. "You may need fuel to operate a generator or perhaps a chainsaw to remove fallen trees. It's even possible you'll need extra fuel for your vehicle if local gas stations are closed as a result of the storm.
"The bottom line is, having extra fuel and water available in rugged, safe containers, is a key element to surviving the aftermath of a hurricane."
Made in North America, Scepter Military Water Cans are available from Amazon, Walmart®, Grainger®, Tech Supply and Services, Bottom Line Military Sales, Lexington Container Company, DS Tactical and JerryCan.ee. Scepter SmartControl containers can be found throughout the U.S. in The Home Depot®, Walmart®, Lowe's®, AutoZone®, Pep Boys and Northern® Tool + Equipment stores. Visit http://www.scepter.com for more information.