Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Home Depot’s Hurricane Preparedness Workshop

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.

Mother Nature hasn’t been very kind to my little Connecticut shoreline town these past few years.  My family has been lucky enough to only sustain minor damages to our home, although we were without power for several days on more than one occasion.  We never really had much prepared for big storms because they never really amounted to anything by the time they reached us.  But now, the storms seem to be hitting us harder and harder and last year before Hurricane Sandy struck all of the stores were completely sold out of everything you would think to get.  Needless to say, we needed to be better prepared next time! But, where to begin?

hurricane preparedness

Today, my husband and I attended a Hurricane Preparedness Workshop hosted by our local Home Depot here in Stratford, CT.  Not only did we receive a wealth of information about being prepared for a storm – we also had a great time!

There were a bunch of tables set up from Home Depot –with products, raffles, informative handouts & kids stuff - as well as others from Solar City, Red Cross, D. Kay Electrical (a Generac Dealer) and local insurance companies. There was also what seemed like never ending hot dogs, iced tea & snacks… Oh, and a fire truck! The Stratford Fire department was there with Engine 1 for the kids to climb up and sit in – a big hit!

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All the employees and vendors were super friendly and knowledgeable.  We learned so much!

The Home Depot table had an example of a grab and go bin to have on hand in case of an emergency.  Here is a checklist of items you will want to have inside:

  • Water – one gallon per person for 3-7 days
  • Food – Enough for at least 3-7 days as well as an electric can opener, cooking tools & fuel and paper plates & plastic utensils
  • Clothing: seansonal/rain gear/sturdy shoes
  • Blankets
  • First Aid Kit
  • Duct Tape
  • Flashlights & extra batteries
  • Replacement batteries for critical care devices such as hearing aids & blood glucose monitors
  • Spare keys for your home & car
  • Cash
  • Important Documents in a waterproof container (insurance papers, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
  • Pictures of family members and pets, in the event of a separation
  • Pet care items
  • Radio

Hurricane season starts June 1st and lasts all the way until November 30th so if you live in a hurricane prone area like we do, you want to be prepared! We also learned how to get our house prepared in the event of a Hurricane Watch or Warning:

  • Closely monitor The Weather Channel, radio and NOAA broadcasts for official updates
  • Secure all loose objects (outdoor furniture & toys)
  • Make sure your vehicle is fueled and running properly
  • Cover door and window openings with shielding materials
  • Close all interior doors
  • Fill sanitized containers with fresh drinking water
  • Set refrigerator controls to the coldest setting to keep food fresher longer
  • Follow evacuation instructions issued by local officials and evacuate immediately if told to do so
  • Notify neighbors and family of your evacuations plans
  • Leave for public shelters only after hearing announcements that the particular shelter is open
  • If not evacuating, stay indoors away from windows, skylights & doors

Whew! So much useful information! Luckily, there were handouts with all the information so I could digest it a little more at home!

They really thought of everything, even activity books, crayons and glow sticks for the kids.

kids hurricane safety

My boys loved them and it was a great way to teach them about hurricane safety.  Plus, The Home Depot suggested leaving the glow sticks in their bedroom in case of a power outage.  If they get to use something fun like a glow stick to light the way, the situation will be a little less scary.

The Home Depot prides itself on providing their customers with the knowledge and supplies that they need to keep their families safe during the hurricane season. Through free educational seminars and ensuring that stores are well stocked with hurricane essentials when the need arises, The Home Depot is there for you and for your family during the hurricane season.

To get connected with our local The Home Depot store, visit their Facebook fanpage at

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.


  1. Great information! I'm a listmaker, so I love lists of things I should have prepared.

    One suggestion. During our last power outage, we took our solar garden lights, and used them to light routes in our home. While they weren't bright enough to read from...they did help keep rooms bright enough to safely maneuver through, and helped keep having to use battery driven light to a minimum. A real cost savings not having to keep buying batteries! And MUCH safer than candlelight!

    We simply placed the solar light garden stakes in vases all around the house, and then brought them out every morning to re-charge.

    1. That's a great idea! We've been wanting to buy some of those solar lights, now we have an even better reason to!

  2. What if, what you've come to expect MET your side happily prepared?

  3. What a fun (and informative) activity to take part in! I just adore lists, and this is so perfect for being prepared!

    xx Kait | ChickadeeSays | ChickadeeSays Bloglovin

  4. You are so right - we have been hammered lately!!! We have come up with our own pack/list to be prepared, but I am definitely going to add your items as well....

    What a fun event as well!

  5. What a great post! I don't think we ever heard of a home store doing this type of thing in FL.

  6. There are some very helpful tips. Living in CT, I never would've thought I'd need to need to put them in action, but the past couple of years has taught me otherwise

  7. Great lists and VERY helpful Sarah! We all could use a bit more prep for hurricane season, seeing as we are going to probably be getting more of it! :(

  8. It may seem weird, but I LOVE preparing for weather-type things. We have the water and the blankets, we've got a generator and all that - I like baking and doing ALL the laundry getting ready to hang tight!

  9. Great tips! Time to start stocking up on all of those things now before the mad rushes start.

  10. These are great tips. I am so dreading these coming months. Hurricanes and Super Storms need to stay away this year. I do need to work on one of those storm kits.

  11. This is a great article. I think it is very important for people to know everything about weather preparation and what to do encase of a serious storm. Since all the damages that occurred in New Jersey, people should always keep that in mind. I try to remind people of the option of Houston water damage restoration because it can protect ones house from all damages.

  12. This is really very useful information provided. These tips could be proving very helpful at the time of hurricanes.

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