Hurricane season is here once again and it’s no doubt to be full of action, so are you prepared? The hurricane season lasts from June to November, the peak season is from mid-August to late October so it’s time to get your supplies ready just in case you need them.
Hurricanes can cause major damage to the coastline from storm surges, winds in excess of 150 miles per hour and torrential rainfall which leads to flooding; this includes miles inland even as these massive storms are downgraded once they hit land.
Here’s what you need to do to prepare for a hurricane:
- Build an Emergency Kit and a have an evacuation plan.
- Identify potential hazards such as dams and levees in your area that could fail and cause flooding.
- Figure out the elevation of your home and property and its potential flooding from storm surge or torrential rains.
- Identify your evacuation routes and where there is higher ground if you need to evacuate in a hurry. Have several options available and planned out so you’re not surprised in the event your first option is unavailable or cut-off.
- Make plans to secure your property and livestock.
- Have materials ready to be able to cover windows, such as marine plywood or storm shutters, already fitted for the area you will be covering.
- Install additional strapping to secure your roof to the framing of your home or other structures such as garages, sheds and barns. Reinforce any doors and cover windows on these structures.
- Keep trees and landscaping trimmed so they are more wind resistant and identify any possible hazards such as old rotten trees, branches or the like that may be blown down and may cause damage to property or injuries to people or animals.
- Bring in all outdoor decorations, furniture, garbage and landscaping cans that can be blown away by high winds or is not tied down and secure.
- If you own a boat make plans to secure it.
- Consider installing an emergency generator or alternate energy source for the power outages that follow such events.
- Check your Insurance coverage; your insurance may not cover flood damage.
- Stay informed by TV and radio stations.
- Evacuate when instructed by authorities or if you live in a low-lying area that is prone to flooding or live in a mobile home in any coastal area or flood plain.
If you have to evacuate, you’ll need supplies so be sure to have a 72-hour kit or bug-out bag stocked and ready to go. Remember to include things like extra clothing, important documents, prescription medications, first-aid supplies, food, water, portable radio and other personal and hygiene items. There are lots of pre-made kits on the market which makes this is a great option to get you a base kit and then you can add your own personal touches to create something that fits your personal needs.
After the hurricane and it is safe to return home you should be prepared to face wide-spread power outages and other services that may be disrupted for days or even weeks. This means even though your home and you have survived you may need to be on your own for an extended period of time so you will need supplies and other resources to get you through. You should consider installing an emergency generator or alternate energy source for the power outages that follow such events. Also you may want to have an emergency food storage source available with ways of storing, gathering and disinfecting water. I would suggest a 2 week supply of both just to be safe but you know your area and resource availability so do what makes you comfortable.
Hopefully by following these tips and suggestions you and your family will feel safe and secure to make it through hurricane season this year and for years to come.
Author: The Survival Guy
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