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Hurricane Survival | How to Survive

Here are some tips on hurricane survival. This can help you plan for any catastrophic events that nature might throw your way. Lots of people do not take these storms seriously until they are confronted with the beast laying at your doorstep. If you follow our instructions, you should be able to weather out any storm and be of great assistance to those who might not make it otherwise.

Before, After and During the Storm: Hurricane Survival

So let’s break this down into 3 groups to help your chances at hurricane survival. We will cover what you should do before, during and after the storm. This will be important because the storm itself is normally not the worse part. Its the aftermath of not knowing what’s coming.

The first thing to do is to create a route the family can follow out of the house when the storm is imminent. Practice these exits. Turn them into drills until everyone in the family is on board with the plan. One family member will need to go get the bug out bag from its hidden location. This may be everything you can carry with you after the storm has passed.

The next thing your family will need is a bug out bag (prepped bag of items for survival). Your bug out bag should be in an accessible area that any family member can grab while sticking to the escape plan that you and your family had already practiced to ensure your best shot of survival.

Hurricanes are rare but can cause emotional and physical distress – especially when the rain is beating on your window and the winds are almost breaking your smaller trees in half. You may feel hopeless like this is the end but in the end, you have much better chances after looking over our hurricane survival tips.


So whats a bug-bag?

A bug out bag should contain the essential items you and your loved ones need to survive out in the rain or in the safest room in your home (centered most bathroom). There is a good chance that if you think you may need it, you probably will. Don’t only take what’s listed here. Look up online several different places who carry bug bags and check out their contents. Nevertheless, here are some ideas for your survival gear.

  1. Matches or Lighter (keep dry)
  2. First aid Supplies
  3. Flashlights With Extra Batteries
  4. Any Prescriptions Needed for Everyone
  5. Food that You Don’t have to Heat Up (use sparingly)
  6. A Small Bottle of Bleach in Case You are Forced to Drink the Rainwater or out of a creek or some such place
  7. Some Type of Radio so you Can Listen for Help or Important Information
  8. Dry Clothes for everyone

All of the links above are our picks for the item listed. Most are at very reasonable prices and are a huge deal when it comes to hurricane survival.

Okay, what do I do With My House?

man standing in a flood after the hurricane passes

Another thing you may want to watch out for is your home. You may not be coming straight back here after the storm settles, but you will return here eventually to inspect the damages. Please beware that when something this big comes through your neck of the woods – it is also on the map for thieves and people that are up to no good. Here are a couple of things you can do to protect yourself prior to the big storm.

  • Take a thorough inventory of your house. Not every piece needs to be taken but at least capture the things you value the most and take a picture of them. This will help your insurance claim go a lot smoother and more quickly. Other things you find precious to you can be put into high shelves moving unnecessary things and making room for the things that count.
  • Install shutters to protect your windows. You can also use wood to attach to the outside of the windows to help fortify the unit. This would be a project that would happen pre-storm.
  • Cut away branches that hang over your house and could be knocked into a home in the event that the winds are strong enough to break them off (or even pulled from the ground completely.
  • Use high-quality caulk to seal off anything that has an opening outside of the house. This includes vents, outdoor electric outlets, and other locations at the house that reach outside the main wall of your domain.
  • Anchor your boat or trailer to the ground or to the house. There are Youtube videos about how to go about this. But you basically need a very strong rope or chain. You then tie the boat to something that is sturdy and is most likely not going to budge during the storm. When the storm is over its possible you will need access to that boat, depending on how high the water is.

Surviving the Onslaught. What to Do When The Hurricane Begins.

Okay, so the rain and winds are coming quickly. The next step is the hard part, surviving the hurricane. Okay now just to endure the hurricane survival portion…beware of the strong winds. They can easily knock you around. Watch carefully for debris falling from the sky. Stay constantly moving upwards in your home or wherever you are. Eventually, the waters will calm down, even if you’re at the top of a tree by then.

If you are in a mobile home or someplace that does not have a firm anchor in the ground – get out of it. Go to a nearby shelter or a friend or family’s home. Get to a safe place if you want to survive the storm. The same goes if your house is on low grounds and could easily be swept up by the pouring rains. Don’t stay in a place like that. You could be signing your own death warrant.


Protect You and Your Family:

When the storm starts, stay away from the windows. Head to the attic or the room that you designated for your safe room during your initial preparation. Don’t forget to grab your survival bag on the way. Once you arrive at your meeting point – make sure everyone is accounted for and uninjured. It’s important that everyone survives.

Listen in to your radio and don’t leave your safe spot until the officials over the radio say to come out or the storm has ended completely. Storms have what’s known as the “eye” and if you are in it you will experience a very relaxing feeling like the storm is all over. But, the storm will kick back up after a few minutes.

This is why it’s so important to wait until authorities say it is completely clear and the weather is behind us. However, if you smell gas in the house, get out quickly – stay together and go to a backup area that is high above the ground and safe. Once you are rescued or rendered aid to by the authorities, immediately tell them about the potential gas leak.

Lastly, we leave you with the names of hurricanes past and soon to come. This is a list of the hurricanes for this year and they are recycled every 6 years. For a complete six-year list of every single name a hurricane can be named – just click here.

Hurricane Names Used by News Stations (Full List)


Official Hurricane Season:

Atlantic and Central Pacific: June 1 – November 30 | Eastern Pacific: May 15 – November 30

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Kenneth E. Sweet Jr.
Kenneth E. Sweet Jr. is a published author of many blogs, website content and more. He is an active YouTuber, father of 2 and Wizard in training. You can follow his personal survival blog over at