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When you need sound advice, you go to the experts. Not sure if you need a jacket? Check The Weather Channel. For tips on how to get your oven-baked fries perfectly crispy, you turn to the team at our sister site, The Kitchn. And if you want to know how to function in the aftermath of a massive storm, you ask someone who’s been there before — like me. In September 2017, I rode out Hurricanes Irma and Maria in my home on Vieques, Puerto Rico, as the back-to-back Category 5 storms ravaged the island just two weeks apart. When the winds subsided, nearly all 3.5 million Puerto Ricans found themselves with no running water for weeks or more, and without stable electricity for much, much longer (in the case of Vieques, more than a year).
Those were strange times, my friends, but out of the most unwanted of circumstances comes the greatest knowledge, right? Chances are, no matter where you live, there’s some kind of weather-related event that could potentially leave you in the dark, too. Pre-storm panic shopping will ensure you have plenty of bottled water and non-perishable food (that you hope to never have to eat), but you’re gonna need much more than bottled water and canned spaghetti to keep you going! Below, I rounded up 10 items that I recommend ordering for your own storm kit ASAP. Take my been-there-done-that advice now, and stock up on what you need before you actually need it.
FYI: June 1 was the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season, but it also marked the beginning of Community Month here at Apartment Therapy — and the timing couldn’t be better. Trust me when I tell you that, after a natural disaster, community is your most valuable resource. Taking care of each other is just as important as taking care of yourself, so when you’re adding the items below to your cart, consider tossing in a few extras for neighbors who might be in need.