26 Apr What Can I Do To Prepare For Hurricane Season Now
One of the most frustrating aspects of living along the Gulf and East coasts of the United States is having to deal with the yearly hurricane season. Hurricane season officially runs from June through November. It brings destructive weather conditions that range from torrential downpours and extremely high winds to very destructive flooding. If you don’t prepare for a big storm coming your way, you might have to deal with tough consequences. You’ll need a storm recovery company to come in and help you pick up the pieces.
Follow this checklist if a storm is on its way towards your home:
1. Keep all essential paperwork and sentimental objects in a safe place where they are easily accessible, but thoroughly protected. For items that can’t be replaced, seal them in a ziploc bag and then hold those in a portable fireproof safe.
2. Make up an emergency kit with necessities like candles, matches, lighters, lighter fluid. Have flashlights with several extra pairs of batteries. A basic first aid kit with medications from a local pharmacy is a must, as well as some sort of multipurpose tool.
3. Stock up on as many cases of bottle water as you think you will need. A good guideline is to have a gallon of water per person per day. In the even that the water becomes unsanitized, you may want to double that amount and try to keep a two week supply of water on hand. If possible you can scrub your bathtubs and then fill the tubs and sinks of your home with water and use it for cleaning.
4. Know the different types of water damage that your flood insurance will cover. Make sure that all your insurance policies are up to date. This is very important because you will not want to be stuck without a vehicle. Or worse, have a home with water damage that your insurance will not cover to get professionally cleaned. This could lead to dangerous mold issues.
5. Keep an emergency radio that is either charged or has extra batteries. You will want to have it tuned to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather alerts. You will be aware of any updates about the hurricane. They move rapidly the closer they get to shore, so you’ll want to know where it is at all times.
6. You may also want to download the Surfline Surf report or the Red Cross Hurricane apps in order to track hurricane prediction models, track patterns in the ocean and be able to access and other data about the storm. You might want to consider a hand cranked radio since they do not require battery power to work.
7. Ensure that all your outdoor furniture is secured. Bring in any bicycles, children’s toys and grills if you are located in an area under a hurricane watch or warning.
8. Unplug any smaller appliances and shut off any gas tanks. This makes sure that fires will be less likely to occur in case of a lightning strike. Hurricanes typically bring a lot of lightning as they pass overhead. This can cause extra damage that is difficult to predict.
9. Put the refrigerator and freezer dialed down to their coldest settings. If power does go out you will want to avoid opening the doors as much as possible. This will help keep perishable food items edible longer. This can be very important since hurricanes can easily cause the power to be out for several days, and up to a few weeks in the worst cases.
10. Be sure you know all the local evacuation routes and shelters in case you are forced to evacuate. It is not fun to attempt to ride out a strong hurricane as it can be very dangerous and scary. This is especially true if you have young children.
11. Have a plan for taking care of your pets. Not all shelters will allow you to bring your pets with you. You should find ones that will take in pets.
12. You will also want your car filled with gas and have a couple gas cans as backup. You will also need a little cash on hand. If power does go out you will not be able to get gas at the pumps and ATM’s will not let you access cash.
Hurricanes can be a bit scary to people who haven’t lived through one before. But with this checklist, you truly will be prepared for the worst.