It’s here, and hurricane season is not one to tiptoe around! With devastating damages in the past, especially the last year, it is vital to take precautions this coming hurricane season! While there are simple things you can do to protect your home and family, it is important to make sure you have all of your bases covered!
Let’s start simple. Sandbags are a good and easy place to start, as they will help in stopping possible flood water from getting into your house! Most areas in hurricane regions have sand and bags set up for community members to take from. Look online to see where your community is setting it up when a possible hurricane is near. There will likely be people there who can help you gather some sandbags. These will most likely do some good with minor flooding, but always take important items off of the ground to protect them just in case! As well as this, make sure you take a good inventory of your valuable items in your home.
Another precautionary measure to take is making sure you are stocked up on food and water. Power going out is very likely an issue, so make sure you have enough dry/canned food to last a while. A good rule of thumb is to keep at least a few weeks worth of food and water on standby for everyone in your house in times of weather emergencies. Make sure you power up! Keep all cell phones and necessary things charged up, you never know when the power will go out. It is also a smart move to stock up on batteries and flashlights. Another route for lighting is to make sure you have candles on standby. If you are in the position to get a generator, it may be a good thing to invest in. It may not be life or death, but a few weeks with no power can get a bit draining. If this is the case and you have a gas powered generator, you will need to stock up on gasoline. Speaking of gasoline, make sure your cars are gassed up just in case.
Before the really bad weather rolls in, make sure you secure the exterior of your home. This means making sure there are no broken or damaged windows, making sure there are no loose things hanging off your house that could be damaged like wind chimes or door signs. Also, be sure to take all things out of your yard that could possibly be picked up by strong winds. The last thing you want is a lawn chair or a bike crashing through your window! If it gets really bad, you may want to board up your windows. As well as this, go ahead and park your cars in your garage if you have one.
The last thing to always remember is your emergency evacuation plan. Make sure your family knows it. You never know when a mandatory evacuation will be set in place, and when it does, make sure you and your family know your route and plan. This is critical because these things have to be done on the fly, sometimes even in the middle of the night!
If you have all of these measures set in place you should be good to go! Just make sure you think of every possible thing because it is easy to forget in hectic times such as a random hurricane! Just make sure you and your family know the plan!