Weekly Roundup – Hurricane Survival Edition

I’ve included a few survival-themed posts in this week’s roundup, and with Hurricane Alex bearing down on the Texas coast, I thought it a good time to quickly remind everyone that the time to prepare is before a disaster. We are far enough inland that we are immune from the worst effects of hurricanes, but we still frequently lose power and are susceptible to flooding rains from both hurricanes and tropical storms.

This week we picked up a few emergency supplies to add to our household emergency kit. A lantern, two sets of backup batteries, flashlights and a waterBOB®. A waterBOB® is basically a giant bladder that attaches to your bathtub faucet and fills to store drinking water ahead of a natural disaster that might disrupt water services.

In the coming weeks we plan to pick up a cheap camp stove with a couple propane canisters, and add to our long-term food storage (MREs, dehydrated foods, non-perishables, etc.).

The Frugal Roundup

Perfection Doesn’t Exist. Adam has been striving for perfection in every aspect of his life. He’s finally come to realize that perfection doesn’t exist, especially in personal finance. (@Money Relationship)

The 101 Greatest Survival Flicks of All Time. Here is a great list of movies about survival and overcoming adversity.

20 Tips That Could Save Your Life. I guess there is a survival theme here….. (@Marc and Angel)

Let Your Kids Get Dirty! Oh to be a kid again! (@Simple Mom)

Best of the Rest


  1. Good week. I hope the hurricane does minimal damage. And, I have never heard of a waterBOB… sounds interesting. Thanks.

  2. I’m a big fan of Fireflye water bottles. Turns any water bottle into a lantern, great for hiking, camping and emergencies. And a cute gift idea (especially with an REI dividends check!)

  3. This would be a good weekend for everyone to look at their individual disaster needs. For instance, I don’t have to worry about earthquakes or hurricanes, but where I live in PA, we have power outages from time to time. It can be caused by a tree limb or an unfortunate squirrel shorting out the transformer. It’s nice to know if that happens, I have gas for the grill & can carry water from the spring house if I need it.

  4. Thanx so much for the “WaterBob” info…going to look into it…it’s hurricane season for us….have almost everything in place, just need to get gas for the generator….:). Hoping I don’t have to use it, but we are long overdue….

  5. This is such a great reminder! I created a list some time ago for my emergency supplies, but never finished actually buying them and putting them all together! I’ve added it to my weekly to do list!