It's hurricane season once again, which means people living throughout the United States should be prepared for the threat of these massive storms. In today's post, we'll go over some basic
Tips For Being Hurricane Ready
It's hurricane season once again, which means people living throughout the United States should be prepared for the threat of these massive storms. In today's post, we'll go over some basic hurricane readiness tips and how you can protect one of your most valuable assets -- your home.
What exactly is a hurricane? Hurricanes are enormous storm systems that form over large bodies of water and move toward land, often bringing high winds, flooding, storm surges and heavy rainfall with them. The Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1st and lasts until November 30; however, hurricanes have been known to form in the Atlantic before and after these dates.
Hurricane Readiness Basics
Here are some of the most important things you can do to be prepared for a hurricane:
Listen to government officials and follow evacuation orders. Nothing is more important than your safety and your life! If local officials are ordering a mandatory evacuation, follow the order. If you are unable to leave or need assistance, contact your local police, fire station, or public transportation authority. Many cities offer evacuation assistance through public transportation, especially for residents who are homebound.
Have storm supplies ready. Whether you're evacuating or riding it out, it's a good idea to have a hurricane prep kit with items such as bottled water (a gallon per person, per day is recommended) first aid supplies, food and snacks (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food is recommended), batteries, flashlights, radio, portable battery bank charger for your phone or laptop, a whistle to signal for help, can opener, basic tools such as wrench, pliers, scissors, pocketknife, etc., garbage bags, and personal sanitation items.
If you have pets, bring them with you. Make sure you have enough food and water as well as any medications they may need. Adding small, easy-to-transport food and water bowls as well as cat litter and litter pans to your hurricane prep kit is recommended if you have dogs and/or cats.
If you're staying put, consider purchasing a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages. Outages can sometimes last for days or even weeks after a storm has come and gone. Just remember, generators and other alternate power/heat sources must be kept outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture. NEVER try to power your home by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
Plan ahead. Rather than waiting to the last minute to decide to leave, get started as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to find a hotel room, gas up your car and hit the road.
And here are some basic tips to protect your home during a hurricane:
Trim or remove damages trees, shrubs and limbs. The strong wind gusts from hurricanes can cause these things to break, fall or be uprooted and turned into a projectile.
Secure or reinforce exterior doors, including garage doors.
Secure loose rain gutters and clear them of leaves and debris to prevent clogging, which can lead to water damage during excessive rainfall.
Bring lawn chairs and other outdoor furniture inside.
Cover windows with plywood or close and secure shutters.
Find more tips for protecting your home in a hurricane from The Red Cross.
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