Hurricane Harvey is about to hit the coastal cities of Brownsville, Houston, New Orleans, and everything in between with a head of steam.
According to ABC; This Category 3 storm — the likes of which haven't been seen since 1999's Hurricane Bret — when it makes landfall late Friday or early Saturday, forecasters say.
If you live in one of these cities or the surrounding areas, here is some gear that will come in handy when this beast hits the main land.
7 Items You'll Want When Prepping for Hurricane Harvey
1. Water Filtration
With storms this size, often you'll see the water systems shut down. Either by design or a pipe that burst. It's best to keep several gallons of clean water that you can use for drinking. If you run low, don't refill these jugs without filtering the water first.
2. Flashlights and Headlamps
Certain parts of Texas have already lost power. When that happens and you don't have your lighting ready to go, you'll be doing an awful lot of stumbling around. Keep in mind that your light will be getting wet, so it's important to get something water resistant or waterproof.
Recommendation: 1,000 Lumens Tactical Flashlight, Collapsible Lantern, or Headlamp.
3. Waterproof Dry Bag
Keeping your phone, tablet, or laptop dry during a category 3 hurricane is going to be difficult, especially if you're being evacuated and you have a hundred other things to worry about. The solution? Get a simple dry bag. These bags float too, so you won't have to worry about your gear sinking if it falls in some deep water.
Recommendation: Roll Top Dry Bag
4. First Aid Kit
Being able to clean and treat flesh wounds is going to be critical, especially when you have large amounts of water stagnating and gathering bacteria. If you're making your own emergency kit, make sure you add any medications or pain killers you might need as well. If your first aid kit doesn't have a waterproof fire starter, consider waterproofing some matches, and putting those in your kit instead.
Recommendation: First Aid Kit
5. Folding Pocket Knife or Multitool
In emergency situations, you might find yourself needing to cut a seatbelt to help someone stuck after an accident or quickly cut away a stuck pet. Most multitools or multi purpose knives have screwdrivers as well that can assist with basic maintenance and repairs. The handle can be used as a blunt force self defense tool or a glassbreaker as well.
Recommendation: 3 in 1 Survival Folding Knife
6. Rain Poncho
Having a rain poncho is a no brainer. Even if you plan on waiting out the storm playing videogames, you need to be ready to evacuate and get wet.
Recommendation: Rain Poncho
7. Rain Boots
You'll need more than some waterproof spray on your sneakers to stay dry in this storm. Baffin Rain boots are snug on your calves so your feet will stay warm and dry while you're trudging through shin deep water.
Recommendation: Baffin Hunting Rain Boots
Have you prepared for Hurricane Harvey?