For those of you who have never felt the full power of a hurricane first hand, you can count yourself lucky. With their lashing winds, torrential rains, and inundating storm surges, hurricanes are a reminder that Mother Nature can, and will, leave a trail of destruction to property and people’s lives and there is nothing we can do to stop it.
So how do you prepare for one? It won’t surprise you that it’s better to know in advance how to deal with a hurricane rather than be caught up in the mass last minute panic.
The following tips will provide you with essential information as it is better to be safe than sorry.
18 Tips To Keep You And Your Family Safe In A Hurricane
Inspect Your Home And It’s Vulnerability
The first thing you must do is check your home and establish the vulnerability to storm, surge, flooding and wind. These are all hazards that could affect your family and it’s better to prevent and fix the vulnerabilities of your home. We’ve all seen the “morning after” images after a storm where people’s homes are completely destroyed.
Study Your Surroundings
You need to know your surroundings and learn your community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find and get to higher ground. Your family should have a detailed plan of where to go and how to get there if you need to evacuate.
Have A Safe Room
Your house needs to have a safe room or a safe area for hurricane hazards and everyone should be aware of it and how to get there during a hurricane threat.
Have An Escape Route Planned In Advance
You and your family should plan escape routes from your home, but most importantly places to meet. A hurricane may hit when the members of your family are not at home (work, school, etc.). It should contain places within a short distance of 10 miles or less in case you have to walk to the destination (especially for youngsters).
Know First Aid
You and your family should take First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes every time you have the chance. It’s better to educate yourself and be prepared, considering that some of these classes are free and are often organized by the local community.
Secure Your Home
Secure your home so that it can withstand strong storms. Windows and doors can be boarded up in case of an emergency.
Trim Back And Secure Trees
Check your trees and shrubs around your house so that they are well rotted, they are well trimmed to resist high winds and that there aren’t any rotten trees. In high winds, trees and shrubs can become projectiles. Also, if you trim your trees and shrubs the right way, you won’t have to do much cleaning after the storm.
Know The Elevation Level Of Your Home
Learn what the elevation level of your propriety is and whether the land is flood-prone. This will help you to take the right decision based on how your propriety will be affected when storm surge or tidal flooding are forecasted.
Invest In A Generator
It’s always good to have a ready to install generator in case the power goes out. You can buy a new one if you can afford it, or you can look for used ones to save some money (Craiglist could help).
Secure All Personal Items
Use plastic bags to keep dry your social security cards, birth certificates, titles or deeds to propriety and even insurance policies.
Document Your Home Before The Storm
Since the insurance companies are not always your “best friend”, make sure you take videos or photos of your propriety before you evacuate. It will help you a lot, later on with claims if your propriety has suffered any damage.
Stay With Relatives Or Friends In A Safe Area
When you evacuate, the safest stay will be with relatives in another town or safer area. Not to mention a lot cheaper. If you don’t have any relatives, make sure you have in your car a list with hotels and directions on how to get there. You will have to book a room and it’s better to be prepared.
If you have to take them with you, make sure the motels or the hotels from your list are pet friendly. Check local shelters from safer areas, it’s better than boarding them in.
Have A Bug Out Bag Ready
It should include clothes, sleeping gear (if you plan to go to a temporary shelter), food and water, commodity items (whatever your kids like) – it will help them deal better with the experience.
Have a Hurricane Emergency Kit
It should contain: extra cash, batteries, flashlights, non-perishable foods, canned goods, a multi-tool knife, candles, prescription medicines or any other healing remedies you use regularly and of course items that are indispensable for your kids or small children (favorite toy, baby wipes, diapers, baby food, etc).
If You Own A Boat, Secure It
A hurricane will be the end for your both if not secured properly and without a good insurance it will give your budget a big blow.
Don’t Go Outside During The Storm!
There are many accidents happening because people want to take pictures or film the storm to post it on Facebook. Why would you risk your safety for that? Stay indoors and film from there, it is safe and dry.
Stock Up On Plywood
It’s always better to stockpile it as it can be used for various purposes. Not to mention that it will be a hot commodity for those who will not evacuate. Even better if you can afford it, you can install plywood hurricane shutters.
Your chances of surviving a hurricane will increase if you learn this tips and apply them when the situation requires you to do so. You should share this article with your friends as this is important knowledge that someday, may save lives.