When to not be green: Weather Perparedness

I’ve always been concerned for the people who are affected by major weather events, tornadoes, hurricanes, tropical storms, etc…however I’ve never known someone to be directly in the path of one before, until now. Earlier this week I got an e-mail from a friend in Florida wanting to pass some information along to me early just in case they became ‘off the grid’ because of the (at the time) hurricane.  That got me thinking about a number of things, including praying for their and everyone Else’s safety, but for this blogs purposes I want to talk about NOT being green when it comes to Weather Preparedness.

Most states in this fine country of ours are susceptible to some form of crazy ‘weather’ shall we say. Tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes… if your living in an area where these are prevalent you need to be prepared.  Most of the things on the lists aren’t very green and you know what that is ok! I’ll give a few hints on how you can be greener if you really want to but when it comes down to it just be prepared!

This is the FEMA suggested list, they also have a great link that has lists for work and the car as well.

Recommended Supplies List (PDF)
Recommended Supplies List (Text)

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation If you want to be mobile stick with gallon jugs if this is for staying in your home buy the biggest containers available to be greener.
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food Do you can? Use some of your canning foods for your supplies, also you can use bulk bins to buy some shel stable supplies like peanut butter, and beans.
  • 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
  • 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

Also don’t forget about water and food for your pets!


Stay Safe!


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