"Their findings — based on data from 94 hurricanes that made landfall in the U.S. from 1950 to 2012 — were telling. While hurricanes with masculine names caused an average of 15.15 deaths, those with female names caused 41.84 deaths."
Currently, Hurricane Irma looks like it could be even more powerful than Harvey.
This means if you're in the path of the storm, you could be looking at a loss of utilities for a week or more depending on how much damage is done to infrastructure. If you have not stocked up on survival supplies, the time to do so is now.
Here are 6 items that will sell out the fastest
1. Bottled Water
Bottled water is the first thing to go when the loss of utilities is a possibility. If you think you might run out of water, consider filling your bathtub up first. Then you can boil or use a water filter to clean it. Think about getting a Water Bob which allows you to use your tub as a fresh water reserve. Reminder: 1 gallon per person per day. A family of four will need 28 gallons to last a week.
Batteries are one of the fastest things to go because they're the only thing most people will be able to rely on to keep them connected if the utilities go down. Consider a solar battery charger to keep your devices fresh as well.
Canned food flies off the shelves right before a big storm. Soups and stews are great and only require heat to prep. These require no prep skill you can make them with a camping stove and mess kit. You'll also want dry snacks that don't require heat or water like beef jerky, power bars, and dried fruit.
4. Portable Propane
If your power goes out you can still use your propane grill to cook up some food. These tanks sell fast because a lot of people have grills that don't get much use throughout the year until a big BBQ or disaster comes along.
5. Flashlights and Candles
Flashlights (preferably rechargeable and waterproof) and candles will be the only thing that illuminates your home in the event that you lose electricity. Candles can be used to create waterproof fire starters as well if you feel like you may need to bug out of town.
If you can afford a generator then get one. The downside is that you will need a few cans of gas if you're looking at being out of power for a week or more. You could always go with a battery generator but once you drain it, you'll be waiting a long time before your solar charger refills its juice.
What's one thing you always stock up on before a storm?