It’ll be here before you know it. Hurricane season is upon us and if last year taught us anything, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Even though Tampa was barely able to avoid the worst of Ian, we still remember people scrambling to get last minute supplies. Some waited in lines for hours for supplies only to leave empty handed. Don’t let that be you this year! In the case of a major hurricane or even a tropical storm, you should have these 5 things before hurricane season starts.

Experts say it’s super important to build a storm kit before any type of disaster. Each kit may look different based in individual’s needs. These are the universal 5 items you shouldn’t forget! We found all of these items on Amazon. If you think ahead and order these items now, you should be able to build your storm kit before hurricane season even starts. Anybody can remember to stock up on the essentials (bottled water, food and batteries) but do you have these useful items in your home incase of a big storm?

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has also listed hurricane safety tips and resources so you and your family can be prepared. When shopping for supplies, you should grab enough items like water, food, batteries, to be able to last you for at least 1 week. It also seems pretty obvious that every Floridian should own a battery operated or hand-crank radio. If you ever lose power, at least you can still be kept in the loop with your favorite radio station. And by now, everyone should have a backup portable phone charger.

Here are 5 things you should have before hurricane season starts:

  • Empty Sand Bags

    Remember when everyone was scrambling all over Pinellas and Hillsborough counties looking for sand bags? Most pick-up locations were only allowing people to pick up 2-3 bags per person, which is probably not enough to surround your house/belongings.

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    The mile-long line for sand bags in Tampa last year when Hurricane Ian was still heading towards Tampa Bay. Photo by: BBGI

    If you order these empty sandbags on Amazon now, you should have them by next week. It will make your life a lot easier to just drive to your nearest beach or causeway and fill the bags up that way.

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  • Battery Powered Fan

    We all know how crappy it is to lose power in the middle of a hurricane. In some cases, you may not know when it will be restored. Amazon has this really cool battery powered camping lantern with a fan for only $20. Reviews say that 1 set of D batteries lasted them over 10 hours.

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  • Footwear

    If you live in Florida and don’t have a decent pair of rain boots, now is your time to get a pair. If the thought of gross storm water touching your skin freaks you out, you should grab a pair of these knee high waterproof boots.

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  • Mini Water Filtration System

    It’s better to have something and not need it than to need something and not have it, right? Check out this mini water filtration system for just $22 on Amazon.

  • Waterproof Containers

    You don’t want to ruin important documents like social security, state issued ID and birth certificates, prescription medication, copies of insurance documents, to name a few. Bonus if you can convert other important documents to an USB flash drive! You’ll want something big enough to hold all of your belongings, but compact enough to carry around in case you have to evacuate. Amazon has a great option, here.

  • Honorary Mention: Board Games/Deck of Cards/Coloring Books

    This one may seem obvious, which is why we made it an honorary mention in case it does slip your mind. Remember how bored you were when you lost power from Ian? Some board games, deck of cards, or coloring books should help you pass the time, without killing your phone battery.

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