Hurricanes can be one of the deadliest natural disasters, destroying everything in its wake and sometimes you don’t have enough warning to adequately prepare you and your family. This month kicks off hurricane season and everyone in the danger zone should be prepare ahead of time to take a hit throughout the season.
Basic Preparedness Tips
- Have a plan of where to go just in case you have to evacuate. Know the local evacuation routes and have a place to stay once you get to your destination.
- Put together a disaster supply kit including flashlights, batteries, cash and copies of your critical personal information.
- If you are not in the evacuation area, you should still have supplies just in case you lose power or are stuck for a couple of days.
- Have a family emergency communication plan.
- Turn on SMS notifications for quick updates on the weather around you.
Preparing Your Home
- Hurricane season brings along extremely high winds that can cause trees and branches to fall. Before hurricane season gets here, trim your trees and branches to prevent any further damage to your home.
- Secure any loose items around your house such as rain gutters and downspouts. Also clean them out to prevent any water damage to your property.
- Reduce your property damage by securing your doors, windows, and garage doors.
- Place all decorative items, lawn/patio furniture, and children’s toys inside a shed or garage so that they’re not also blowing around, causing damage, in the high winds.
- Purchase or install a generator to kick on in the event that you lose power. Remember to keep the generator outside, 20 feet away from windows and secure from moisture.
- Hurricane Watch: Conditions are possible within the next 48 hours.
- Hurricane Warning: Conditions are expected within the next 36 hours.
- The “Eye” Of The Storm: This is the calm area of the storm, but once the “eye” passes, winds will pick up once again. Wait for officials to say you are in the clear.
After A Hurricane
- Listen to local officials and law enforcement for directions on what to do next.
- Check in with friends and family by phone or social media.
- Only return home when officials say it is safe.
- Photograph the damage to your property for insurance purposes.
Any further questions on hurricane preparedness and safety tips? Check out the Red Cross website for more information.