Eye of the Storm: How to Prepare for a Hurricane
It’s that time of year again. Hurricane season is upon us and, whether you blame crumbling infrastructure or global warming, it seems as though hurricanes are continuously more destructive and deadlier. We can’t prevent hurricanes from uprooting our lives or the lives of our friends and family. However, we can arm ourselves with knowledge and prepare for the worst.
Today, we take a look at a number of things that you can do to plan ahead, protect yourself and minimize the damage to your property.
Remember, none of these things can guarantee your safety or the safety of the ones that you love. If the local authorities tell you to evacuate, heed their warning. No amount of property damage is worth risking your life.
So, with that, let’s get to it. Here are a few important things that you can do to prepare for an impending hurricane.
Make a Family Plan
One of the most important things that you and your family can do ahead of a potential hurricane is to make a family plan. Everyone needs to know what is expected of them. This is crucial.
Your family plan should include a list of local disaster shelters, possible evacuation routes, and an updated list of emergency supplies (and where to find them). Keeping a list of important emergency phone numbers, as well as designating your home’s ‘safe room’ should you be required to stay put, can go a long way in preventing serious injury in times of crisis.
Make a plan and make sure to walk your kids through that plan to ensure everyone’s safety.
Stock up on Supplies
If you go to the store to purchase non-perishables and medical supplies four-days ahead of a potential hurricane, you’re going to have a bad time.
The best way to ensure the safety of you and your family is to stock up ahead of time. Bottled water, batteries, band-aids, Tylenol… these items can really pay off in times of crisis. They’re also typically the first things your local grocery store will run out of during hurricane season. Don’t get left out in the cold. Stock-up now.
Prepare Your Fridge and Freezer
Quite often, the electricity is the first thing to go out when a hurricane touches down. The next thing to go is all those expensive groceries in your fridge and freezer. Fret not, you have options.
Filling your fridge and freezer with bottled water can help keep the rest of the food inside cold and safe to eat. You can also place all of your pre-created ice into plastic bags and distribute them evenly. Remember, the fuller your freezer is, the longer it will keep cool. I know it may sound counter-intuitive, but ahead of a potential hurricane, you want to fill that fridge!