6 Things You Need to Do Before a Hurricane Hits
Do you live along a coastline area that is prone to hurricanes and tropical storms? If your answer is YES, then proceed with reading and find out what are the 6 most important guidelines every person under hurricane warning should follow.
1. Plan your evacuation
The main reason for evacuation during a hurricane is the storm surge. The storm surge is an abnormal rise of water produced by storm’s winds which can reach heights over 20 feet and can spread hundreds of miles along the coastlines, according to NHC (National Hurricane Center). Waiting till the day of the hurricane clearly isn’t the best idea, since everybody will be in a state of panic, which will make evacuation more difficult. Follow the guidelines and evacuate safely and on time.
2. Get supplies
Buy supplies in advance or keep a “hurricane emergency kit” at all times. You will avoid rushing to the store before the hurricane hits (unless you love the long lines). Here are some of the items that are considered a necessity:
- Water (at least a gallon of water per person – per day)
- Food (high energy foods, canned foods, comfort foods)
- First Aid Kit and Over the Counter Drugs (laxatives, aspirin or some other pain reliever, activated charcol,..)
- Tools and Supplies (flashlights, whistle, battery operated radio, extra batteries, plastic utensils, signal flare, map of the area)
- Clothing, Bedding, Sanitation(toilet paper towels, disinfectant, soap, feminine supplies,..)
Don’t forget any special items needed by family members with special requirements like infants, elderly or disabled and pets.
3. Documents and possessions
Everything from birth certificates to proof of ownership documents should be copied and put in waterproof, portable containers and kept in a safe place, known to all family members. Contact your physician or pharmacist and ask them about storing prescription medications.
4. Double check the insurance coverage policy
This doesn’t exclude people that aren’t living on the coast. When it rains, it floods, so other areas can be affected. If you are a property owner check if your home is insured against flooding, since that’s not a part of the “standard home insurance”. Car owners should also reach out to auto insurance companies and move their vehicles to a safe and dry location.
5. Protect your home
Secure your home from damaging winds by purchasing plywood and using it to cover windows and keeping the doors securely tight from blowing open. Also, always inspect your house to make sure there is no minor damage, since the storm will only escalate it. For example, even a small crack in the roof may turn your house from a safe place to a major destruction. Invest in a roof tarping company and keep your household dry, by preventing water additional damage. You can read more about how Noah’s Tarp can benefit you here.
6. Always back up your electronics
It’s always a good idea to keep back up batteries and chargers or invest in a power generator. What I noticed on the other hand, is that people tend to forget to back up their electronic devices which can lead to a loss of data. Computers get damaged and the information might be impossible to recover.