Are You Prepared?

Did you know that there is a U and I and CAN in hUrrICANe?

U and I CAN survive a hUrrICANe or any other weather event, with a little preparation and planning. You can also become quite popular with unique menu planning and a steady supply of 600 cranking amp marine batteries with 12v power inverters…

Hurricane Season begins June 1 and continues right past Thanksgiving, up until November 30. That’s 6 months!

Many people ask us, “What’s in your hurricane kit?”

Well, quite a bit! When we’re evacuating Sanibel, we don’t know if we’ll be coming back to our homes and businesses. In 2004, Hurricane Charley whollopped the islands, and it took some people and businesses 1 – 3 years to rebuild and recover.

It can take a week or longer for FEMA to clear roads of sand, trees and debris, remove power lines, close off leaking gas lines and provide assistance to people that did not evacuate. This is why it is recommended that you have a water supply of 1 gallon per person per day, to last for a week. Now, that’s a lot of water to buy in one go! No one wants to be clamoring for water when a storm is approaching!

Starting at Easter, we recommend buying 1 gallon of water when you go to the grocery, along with 1 item on your provisions list. By following this simple routine, you won’t find yourself scrambling for items as a storm is approaching.

By Memorial Day, you will have the 7 gallons of water you need for yourself. Keep buying 1 gallon a week, and you’ll have what you need for a 2nd person by July 4. Keep buying and you’ll have enough for 3 by August, which is when Hurricane season is starting to heat up. Your provision kit should be looking fairly substantial as well.

Here’s what’s in my kit:

✔️Solar cell phone chargers 
✔️Portable wifi stick
✔️Burton burner & canisters
✔️Luci Lights
✔️Eneloop battery kit
✔️Red backpack w/1st aid kit, blankets, flashlights, etc
✔️Matches, Lighter, flares,candles
✔️Hand crank emergency weather/tv/radio
✔️Deep Cycle Marine Batteries & 12v power inverters
✔️Baby/Clorox/OFF wipes
✔️Quick dry towels
✔️Rain gear, boots, gloves, Tevas
✔️Tarps, tent, chair, hammock
✔️Scramblette powdered eggs
✔️Black beans/Canneloni/Veggies/Fruits, Pineapple, applesauce
✔️PB2, jelly & honey packs
✔️Instant grits, couscous, oatmeal & hash browns/Idaho potatoes
✔️Tuna pouches & mayo packets
✔️Soups to cook rice, couscous
✔️Wine in a box
✔️Water – 1/2 frozen, 1/2 room temp
✔️Lemon juice, powdered buttered popcorn salt, Parmesan packets
✔️Granola/Luna/Protein bars
✔️Powdered Gatorade/Protein Shake Powder
✔️Juice boxes, milk/soy single serve boxes
✔️Raisins, nuts, cranberries

But wait, there’s more!

Not having access to electricity and water makes conditions uncomfortable, to say the least, so you want comfortable clothing – quick dry is the best.

What does that mean for you?

If you’re one of our guests and are visiting during hurricane season, we offer Travel Insurance to protect your investment in advance of your arrival. Should you have to evacuate, the unused portion of your trip, along with travel expenses are reimbursed. We assist with submitting your forms and documentation.

Travel insurance runs about 7% of the cost of your vacation rental, and it will certainly provide peace of mind should you have to postpone or cancel a trip that you’ve been planning and looking forward to for so long.

If you’re needing to evacuate and are traveling by car, we make sure that you’re prepared by providing you a list of what you need to be on the road for an extended period of time.