What to Buy to Prepare for Hurricane Irene

HurricaneIt is time to invest in Hurricane Irene. That does not mean to buy stocks, oil, or precious metals. It means spending money to make sure you can ride out the storm. Your total cost will vary, depending on what you already have in stock.

Some suggestions:

1. Save your financial life. Get a a water-proof case for key financial records, stock certificates, and personal records. A large cooler will do, if it can be securely sealed.

2. Get your cellphone and PC ready. Each may come in handy if you are trapped indoors for a couple of days. And if you lose electricity, products like the "Power Monkey" ($50) could come in handy. Some come with the ability to use the sun to charge the device.

3. Get some cheap walkie talkies.
These can definitely keep you in touch with loved ones for up to a mile if you have to make it out into the storm in an emergency.

4. Three flashlights should be enough for two or three days with new batteries in them. And, you probably already have a flashlight somewhere. Spend a few dollars on new batteries.

5. Get a mobile inverter for your car. It connects to a car's battery or through the cigarette lighter Make sure you have jumper cables in case you need to charge the battery in the SUV that might be needed to travel in the storm. The car battery will last longer if the car is running, so, don't forget to fill up your tank. That tank of gas may be the most expensive thing on the list because regular is still about $3.60 most places.

6. Buy some food.
You probably already have items like protein powder, tuna, can soup and pasta in the kitchen. Make sure you have enough non-perishable food to last three or four days.

7. Everyone needs toilet paper. Eight rolls will probably cost less than $10. While you're at it, get some paper towels, too.

8. Load up on plastic garbage bags. They're good for garbage, and to put up on windows if the glass is broken by high wind. Two big packages might cost $20.

9. Fill your tub(s) with water.
Clean them first. The water may be absolutely necessary. Depending on what your city or town charges for water, the cost may be a few cents. If you have a well, it's virtually free.

10. Keep a few hundreds dollars in cash. You may need it if you run out of essentials and ATM machines are not working for whatever reason. It may seem like a lot of dough, but if you don't spend it, you don't loss a dime - except for a fee you might pay for get the money from a cash machine that is not at a branch of your bank.

11. Sandbags. These are expensive, but some stores are already selling out as customers stock up. In many cases, municipal authorities, local fire or police offices, or state disaster relief organizations give these out.

12. Generators.
These are also pricey. But, if you don't have a car battery or solar power, they may be necessary. Sears sells them for as little as $429.99. And, you can keep them for the next time a storm or summer power outage pulls the plug on your electricity.

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Sara Lynn

Getting pounded by Irene now.... survived the destruction of Hurricane Fran back in 96 and hoping Irene is gentle to us although we are right on the ocean.

August 27 2011 at 12:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This reporter needs spell ck badly...could use a lesson in grammer too. Sorry things like that jump out at me especially when he is supposed to be a pro. Just the article on how much cash to take out along with other items ....well read it and find the errors I know. sounds like picky picky but read item 10 in this article.

August 26 2011 at 11:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

rule #1 is to never believe your gov man

August 26 2011 at 10:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nadja and Lynn

Appreciate your information - However you all forgot the most important thing - THE BATTERY POWERED RADIO!!!! Also, having survived Hurricane Andrew, I can tell you first hand that the plastic bags would be useless over the glass with any breeze at all, and NO kind of tape, duct nor masking, will assist you with broken windows - only metal shudders or wood are recommended and that wood, preferably marine plywood, should only be mouted INSIDE the window casement on the exterior and NOT just over the windows mounted to the structure. This method is much less likely to allow the wind to get behind the plywood and thus rip them from the house. AND, PLEASE - LET'S KEEP THE POLITICS OUT OF THE STORM CONVERSATION ! ! Homestead, Florida

August 26 2011 at 9:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

im scared

August 26 2011 at 9:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ben's wife

Hope that you kept a couple of grandma's old kerosene lamps, and at least two cast iron skillets..and don't forget the tea kettle. A charcoal girll, or butane will do, hot meals will be on the table..Irene can't touch that :)

August 26 2011 at 8:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Fill as many containers with water that will fit in your freezer. At the point which the storm gets bad and you think your power may go out. Put the ice in some coolers and put your frequently used items from your fridge in the coolers. That way you don't have to open the fridge door frequently which will quickly depleat it of any cool air.

August 26 2011 at 8:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well I noticed president Obama spun in to action for this Hurricane Cat 2 Irene Some presidents just mosey back from clearing some brush and gaze` out the window at devastation of Category 4 Katrina Oh hum....But Obama doesn't have HECK OF A JOB BROWNIE on his team he has to get out there and do it all alone. Now all of you republican governors remember when this is over you must follow the teachings of Rep Kantor no aid till cuts our found in the budget so don't go asking for help you can tough it out hear that Jersey mooooo

August 26 2011 at 7:42 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to ROOFERVP's comment

Obama was vacationing right in the path of the hurricane. Would have been hit very bad if he stayed there. LOL... He evacuated ahead of the storm. Don't blame him. Most vacationers do. So, he cut his vacation short to escape the hurricane's path. Its not like he hasn't had enough vacations already.

August 26 2011 at 10:29 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Oops gave it a thumbs up by mistake. Obama scooted back to cover his butt and take credit or put the blame whichever way the aftermath goes. Obama does not want a BROWNIE that would mean he had to share the credit if any was due.

Wow spun into action...how do figure that since he only cut vacation short by one day and how long has the storm been looming? Noticehe did not spin into action to fix the damages due to the quake.

August 26 2011 at 11:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A couple bags of charcoal and or gas grill will also help if you have no power. Good luck!

August 26 2011 at 7:02 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Walter's comment

Good point walt.....we had that tornado that hit next door in alabama and killed all those people cross the state and hit here in ROME GA....My power came back on ON the 5th day....candles,those are some very good things to have around.Coolers with ices sitting all over wasnt too bad but Ive got a kick ass MAN GRILL..LOL....we cooked all kinds of things on there and boiled and cooked stuff on the side burner.We made it just fine....the worst thing was Ive got 3 houses,I have a HUGE miller welding machine at the lake house,its so big it has a key starter and it has about 10 plug ins on that thing and I COULDNT GET IT STARTED!!!..Damnit....I had it serviced so if anything else happens ILL HAVE POWER.

August 26 2011 at 7:29 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
LEE Resolution

Mayor Nagan sat on his butt down there and did nothing when President Bush called him repeatedly and advised him to seek immediate assistance from FEMA.

August 26 2011 at 6:00 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to LEE Resolution's comment

I remember that. And the citizens were partying....actually having storm party's instead of preparing. I remember well the reporters on television in the days leading up to the That storm. Then, what an about face, once the storm had blown through...suddenly the reporters were all hysterical crying that not enough was done. Yes, Bush did warn them, ask them to prepare, take precautions.


August 26 2011 at 10:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply