While some of you may still be shoveling snow, other parts of the country are experiencing damaging and fatal floods and tornadoes. Spring has definitely sprung and with that comes not only weird, but also severe weather patterns. Long-range weather forecasters, as reported from Accuweather.com predict a worse storm season this year than we experienced in 2012 with “above-normal amount of tornadoes this season.”
Whether you live in Denver and are dealing with late-season snowstorms, or in humid Houston with threats of floods, your spring bug-out bag needs to include at least three days worth of essentials that will carry you through power outages and utility loss.
The infographic to the right from theprepperproject.com not only demonstrates how to pick the perfect bag, but also shows you all the essential items you need for bugging out at any time of the year.
Your spring storm bug-out back should include:
- Potable water—one gallon of water per person per day
- Camp stove or MRE heater
- Can opener
- Lights—lanterns, candles, and flashlights
- Plastic sheeting, tarps or plywood to cover damaged windows
- Duct tape
- Plastic bucket to catch leaks or for sanitation
- Fire starter
- First Aid Kit
- Important documents in a waterproof pouch
- Weather alert radio
- Rain gear
- Basic tools—wrench to turn off utilities, hammer, nails, axe, machete, and a multi tool
- Prescription medications
- Personal hygiene items
- Waterproof matches
To be better prepared or to learn more, here is a list of severe spring weather preparation posts:
- Survival Planning 101: Preparing for a Flood
- Are You Ready for Spring Storms?
- Prepping Is Smart, Not Crazy
- Tornado Season Is Here!
- Surviving the Next Power Outage
- Shelter In Place
- Hurricane Preparedness
- How to Survive a Summer Power Outage
What is in your severe weather survival kit? Tell us in the comment section.