Most hurricanes in the United States occur between June 1 and November 30. If a hurricane is predicted in your area, preparation is essential to help you and your family stay safe. Here are some last-minute things you can do to get ready.
Prevent Damage to Your Home
Hurricane-force winds can turn everyday objects into dangerous projectiles. If you have any outdoor furniture, children’s toys, or other objects that could be blown away, bring them in the house or put them in a garage or shed. Trim any dead or damaged tree limbs so they don’t fall or get torn off, get blown around by strong winds, and cause damage.
Cover your windows with plywood to prevent damage from flying objects. Even if you have removed all potential projectiles from your yard, a neighbor’s tree limb or another object could be picked up by a gust of wind and damage your home.
Agree on a Meeting Place
A hurricane may strike when family members are in different locations, such as at work, at school, or out running errands, and strong storms often disable cell phone service. Choose a place to meet if you are separated and can’t get in touch. That can help everyone avoid panicking and trying to figure out what other people might be thinking and doing.
Be Prepared to Evacuate
Hurricane-ravaged areas can be rendered uninhabitable, so your local government or a non-profit organization may set up shelters. Find out the location of the nearest shelter. If you have pets, ask the shelter will accept them. If it won’t, make other arrangements. Identify at least two ways to get to the shelter in case downed trees or power lines make it impossible to take the most direct route, and make sure that your vehicle has a full tank of gas.
Gather Important Documents
Make sure you have your identification, bank account information, insurance policies, medical insurance cards, and documents related to your mortgage and vehicle loan or lease. Put physical documents in plastic bags to protect them from water damage. You can store copies of important documents electronically, as well. If you need to file an insurance claim or if you are unable to make any payments on time, having vital information readily available will make it easier to contact the companies, explain your circumstances, and make arrangements.
Collect Emergency Supplies
Put together a kit with enough non-perishable food and water to last at least three days, as well as any medications family members may need and any necessary items for babies or pets. You should have at least one flashlight and plenty of extra batteries, as well as a battery-powered radio and a first aid kit. 1st Aid Supplies carries a wide range of disaster supplies. Order everything you need for your emergency kit today to prepare for a hurricane.