Hurricane season has arrived and it brings uninvited guests and unwanted luggage in the form of flooding and howling damaging winds.
With hurricanes it can be challenging to know how to prepare yourself and your home/business to withstand a spiraling locomotive of nature. Here are a few steps to help you prepare if one of these beasts are headed your way.
- Know your local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan where you will stay.
- Have a disaster supply kit (flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications for humans/pets, and copies of important information, manual can opener, non-perishable food for humans/pets for a minimum of 3 days, and a radio)
- Trim and remove branches/trees away from your property, particularly if they are dead/dying.
- Remove any items in your yard or from your porches that might be damaging as a projectile, example, hanging flower baskets, wind chimes, bird houses, feeders, potted plants, grills, yard/patio tables and chairs, flags, wood, etc. When in doubt, remove it and place in an enclosed space.
- If you are staying, consider purchasing a generator and a waterBob Emergency Drinking Water Storage (100 gallons for 12 weeks), fill up clean containers with water, in addition to more non-perishable food items than in disaster supply kit mentioned above for both humans and pets for at least 7 days.
Planning on evacuating, click here for helpful tips. If you not evacuating and plan to ride it out, here are some helpful suggestions in addition to the other steps provided above.
18 – 6 Hours till Hurricane Arrives:
- Tell your family of your plans to stay.
- Close storm shutters and stay away from windows, as there could be debris striking your windows causing broken glass.
- Switch the refrigerator or freezer to the maximum coldest setting. If there is space, put refrigerated cooked items in the freezer.
- Use a radio/TV or computer to check your county’s website for the latest weather updates.
- Charge all your electronic devices, particularly your cell phone and extra batteries.
During the storm:
- Find an interior room (no windows), a closet or a bathroom on the lowest level of your home to stay.
- Do not use any electrical devices.
- Do not go outside.
- If you lose power or your power threatens to go off, turn off major appliances to reduce damage.
- If you experience flooding, turn off the main breaker for electricity to your home.
After the storm:
- Check in with family or check in on the all safe websites.
- Stay inside until the “all clear” is given.
- Do not touch any fallen or leaning objects.
- Do not walk or drive in flooded waters.
- Take pictures of the damage to your home/car/property.
- Put a tarp/protect your home from further damage.
- Call police or utility companies to report andy downed power lines, broken gas or water mains, etc.
- After power restored, check refrigerated food for spoilage. *If no power for 24 hours, you may not want to eat that food, as it may cause gastric distress in the coming days.
Hurricanes are quite life-changing and though it can be quite challenging to be fully prepared when one approaches, tips like those found above can help us plan ahead of time.
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