Hurricane season is no joke for those that live in the path of storms. Even those far inland can see the effects as the hurricane is downgraded to a tropical storm.
The biggest problem is that many people aren’t prepared. Taking the time to get your home and yourself prepared can make a world of difference. Let’s look at how to prepare for a hurricane.
Pay Close Attention to the Storm’s Path
A storm’s path can change multiple times in one day. If you’re anywhere near the path, you need to pay close attention to the weather. This will give you a better idea of whether or not you need to evacuate. It will also give you a timeline of when to expect the hurricane to hit your area.
Listen to the Official in Your Area
Many people choose to ignore the warnings of officials. Mandatory evacuations are put in place for a reason. Heed these warnings. So many people opt to stay in their homes only to need rescuing once the flooding starts.
Also, never drive around barricades or into standing water. There are times when the road has fallen away or the water is much deeper than expected, leaving the motorist stranded or lost to the raging waters.
Board Up Windows and Utilize Sand Bags
You’ve probably seen people taping their windows in hopes of preventing breakage. This doesn’t work. You need to close any shutters on your home or board up windows using plywood. This will need to be purchased as soon as possible as it will be in high demand.
Next, you need to utilize sand bags to help prevent water from getting into your home. Some cities even offer free sand and bags. All you need to do is fill them.
Have Needed Supplies
Ready.gov has an excellent article on building a disaster kit. If you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes, you should have these items on hand at all times. If you’re building your first kit, don’t wait until the last minute. Supplies will become harder and harder to find the closer the storm gets.
Pack a Bag and Be Ready to Go
Last, but not least, have a bag packed and ready to go should you need to evacuate. Not only will you need a change of clothing, but you should have all your important documents. This includes your birth certificate, Social Security card, driver’s license, and home insurance documents.
Shelters provide a place to sleep and food, but you’ll need to bring the comforts of home. Pack a pillow, blanket, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, and any medications you take. Ready.gov also offers an amazing resource on evacuation.
Hurricanes can be deadly. Being prepared can go a long ways to keeping you and your family safe. This includes heeding the advice and evacuating if told to. Homes can be replaced, people can’t be.