Bring it on, Irma

What to pack and what not to pack in your hurricane survival kit

This duck floatie is not amused with Irma and neither are we.

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This duck floatie is not amused with Irma and neither are we.

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By now you’ve probably heard of the possible death and destruction that’s coming to Florida in the form of Irma this weekend. Although I think the hurricane namers could have come up with a more menacing name than “Irma” for this category five storm, it’s always good to be prepared in case Irma decides to crash the homecoming party in a few days. Here’s a nice compilation of do’s and don’ts for when you’re making up your hurricane survival kit:

Don’t pack raw meat or milk. Since Irma’s high winds will probably knock out everyone’s power, it would not be smart to stock up on perishables, even if you were planning on a post-hoco feast. Not only will you have to deal with the smell of rotting meat, but you will be in for an unpleasant surprise when you prepare a bowl of cereal only to have curdled milk available. Gross.

Do pack water and peanut butter. If you can get out of Publix or Sam’s Club without losing a limb in the water aisle, that is. People are going crazy over stockpiling water; I witnessed a lady desperately purchasing Fiji water at $20 a case because there were no other options. Also, peanut butter is a nice addition to any survival kit because of its long shelf life and versatility. I’ve been living off peanut butter and jelly sandwiches since elementary school, so these next few days should be a breeze.

Don’t pack water wings or pool noodles. Flood waters will likely be contaminated with waste and slithery creatures, so you will probably want a more reliable floatation device. Kayaks are highly encouraged.

Do pack toilet paper. Enough said.

Through the mass chaos of boarding up windows and filling up gas tanks, don’t forget to stock up on the essentials you’ll need to weather the storm.

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