Bee Ready for Hurricane Awareness Week

Bee Ready for Hurricane Awareness Week

Post by:  Gina Stone

Hurricanes are some of the most awe inspiring and dangerous storms on our planet.  A beauty to look at from satellite, but a heartbreaker in terms of damage and loss. As Hurricane Awareness Week begins today, May 22, NOAA has predicted 10 hurricanes in the Atlantic basin, and estimates between 3 and 6 becoming a major hurricane (Category 3, 4, or 5). There is no better time than now to start getting ready.

Atlantic Basin hurricane season starts on June 1.  We’ve already seen some indications of an active season with early Invests forming in the Atlantic. So what are you going to do this season?

The good news:  Hurricanes are some of the most studied storms and provide the most warning.  The bad news, most people procrastinate getting ready until the last minute, when prices are up, tempers are short, and shelves are bare.

  • Know your evacuation routes.  And use them if you are in the evacuation zone. Some recent routes have changed, check with your local government for the latest updates.
  • Buy your plywood or other storm shutters early, before the rush (and while prices are cheaper).
  • Consider purchasing a generator, and know the SAFE way to use it.  It is likely you will have extended power outages.
  • Know how to safely store your food for longer periods.
  • Stay away from the coast.

Storm surge is one of the more dangerous aspects of hurricanes.  While it was endlessly amusing to watch Geraldo Rivera get wiped out by the storm surge of Hurricane Ike, it was a very real safety threat.

Now I know Southern Californians are thinking they can breathe a sigh of relief, “Finally, a disaster we don’t have to worry about”. Wrong.  Pacific basin borne cyclones have hit Southern California and into Arizona; substantially weakened by the cooler water and moving over land, but damaging nonetheless with winds, flooding, deadly lightning, and the possibility of tornadoes.

The National Hurricane Center has released a new series of hurricane preparedness videos available here in both English and Spanish, and with subtitles for the hearing impaired.

Red Cross – Before and After a Hurricane

Gina Stone
Founding Contributor of




  1. Just stumbled across this site and had to smile a bit. I to have a list that was called Bee Ready list. I am a paramedic in Baton Rouge and work B Shift. We had a Supervisor years ago we called EM-Joe. He called us Bee Shift and had the Bee Ready Plan. I am sure EM-Joe won’t mind me sharing the list with you. It is geared for us to Bee Ready for activation in the event a Hurricane hits the area. You may find many tid bits here though that will help you as a civilian as well. Enjoy!

    PS. Please pardon the formatting. I simply copied and pasted this from a Word Document I have had on my computer for years.

    The following is a list of recommended items that you should have pre-packed and ready to go at all times. Disasters don’t always come in the form of a swirling tropical storm. This list has been compiled for your information, so that you don’t have to try and think of everything at the last minute. You should have enough stuff to last each person 3 days to get by until all the help arrives.

    Absolutely Needed EMS Job Stuff:

    1 – 2 Extra Clean Uniforms [You can use a Vinyl Suit Cover for storage & in-car concealment].

    Extra Underwear & Socks for Uniform completion.

    Departmental ID, Up to Date Immunization Records, etc.

    Rain Gear.

    A second pair of Work Shoes.

    Winter Jacket, Gloves and other cold weather clothing & gear if cold.

    Your Stethoscope, Scissors Holster & Other Work Accessories.

    Other recommended items to have on-hand:

    More extra uniforms.

    A Spare Belt, Pins, Name Plate, Rank Insignia, and other stuff you use on your uniform.
    Wading Boots & Personal Flotation Device in case you make a wrong turn!

    Shampoo, Soap, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Dental Floss, Deodorant,

    Hair Care Items, Shave Cream & Disposable Razors.

    Towels & Washcloths. Some moist Towelettes or Baby Wipes to freshen up can work wonders!

    A 30 Day supply of Prescription & OTC Medicines. (When will that Pharmacy open again Post-Disaster?)

    Vitamins to fit your body chemistry.

    An extra pair of Eyeglasses, Contacts or other vision aiding devices that you use.

    Extra Hearing Aids and Batteries if you use Hearing Aids.

    Personal Cellphone Chargers (House Plug-In AC & Vehicle DC Charging Cord Types).

    Many Gallons of Bottled Water (Use cases of small package bottles for ease of carrying 1-2 with you).
    Canned Foods, MRE’s, Dry Foods and Snacks for eating. Prepared Foods for Camping are very convenient.

    Some casual clothing for hanging out at a station during down time.

    A Pillow, Blanket and Clean Sheets, a Sleeping Bag can also be used.

    Portable camping bed, sleeping mat or air mattress.

    A few large garbage bags for storing re-washable clothing until power & water return.
    An assortment of camping cooking items.

    Small camping stove with lighters, used to heat water to warm packaged foods.

    Multiple Sized Zip-Lock Bags.

    Disposable Plates, Bowls, Utensils and Napkins.
    A few rolls of Toilet Paper.

    Battery operated lights (A couple of those “Tap Lights” are real handy).

    A personal strobe distress/locator beacon & a whistle.

    Battery operated/wind-Up generator type AM-FM-SW-WX Radio.

    A Small First Aid Kit.

    A Small tool kit & sewing kit to fix things.

    A travel size alarm clock.

    Eye covers & ear plugs for sleeping in lighted/noisy areas.

    Some small entertainment stuff (playing cards, that book you’ve been meaning to read, etc).

    Some extra cash in paper, coins, traveler’s checks (make sure to have quarters & dimes).

    Some laundry soap.

    Secured copies of all insurance policies for your stuff, & agent’s phone numbers.

    Disposable camera with flash, small notebook.

    Well maintained personal vehicles to get through the crisis (not the best time for car trouble).

    A Bail-out plan of action for your residence (hidden location for notes & info).

    Family members bail-out relocation plan of action & re-contact plan.

    Family pets plan of action.

    A financial account with a national type Bank that you/family can access elsewhere in the country.

    Special Notes:

    There are numerous resources all over the place on the Internet & in Book Stores that have additional Emergency Preparedness information. One plan does not fit all, but one thing that will never fit is no plan at all. Now is the time to assemble the plan, obtain the stuff & get into a constant state of readiness. Once you get into the swing of it, maintaining that state of readiness is merely rotating semi-perishable stocks of foods & drugs.

    • Fantastic information Steven, glad you shared. Stay tuned here for more information, and follow us on Facebook for additional tips and information.

  2. Thank you Steven! Very valuable information there, thanks for sharing it! We’ll be adding more articles on preparedness tips and how to compile your emergency kit later on, so stay tuned. Appreciate the feedback
    Stay Safe,
    Gina S.

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