Hurricane Preparation

Mother Nature sometimes has a way of reminding us who is in charge. Every year, natural catastrophes – hurricanes – cause hundreds of houses to be damaged and people to lose everything, but you can start preparing now.

Although it is impossible to predict when or where a hurricane will make landfall, being prepared for one is the most effective method to reduce potential damage.

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Hurricane Preparation Tips

Keep your family and house safe before a hurricane hits by following these hurricane preparation tips.

Assess Your Hurricane Risk

Hurricanes affect more than just coastal areas. Learn about the possibility of rainfall, water, high winds and, and possibly tornadoes far inland from the landfall point of a hurricane or tropical storm.

Develop A Plan Of Action

Follow local disaster preparation protocols and shut off all utilities if an evacuation is required. Decide on a single point of contact or a shared meeting or designated storm shelter area for the entire family. Make sure you have a plan for your pets’ evacuation and designated storm shelter, as well.

Find A Space That Serves As A Shelter

The first floor, the center part of the home without windows, is where this enclosed space should be located. Stay away from any exposed windows and doors until the tropical storm itself has passed.

Prepare Your House

Shut off the primary circuit breaker to lower the risk of electrocution and stop appliances from short-circuiting. Keep debris out of drains and gutters. Install sump pumps that have a battery backup and a water alert. Don’t let floodwater back up into your drains by installing “check valves” in your sewage pipes. Keep supplies for emergencies on hand, such as sandbags, plywood, and plastic sheeting. If the electric panel, water heater, and heating system (furnace) are prone to flooding, lift them above. Make sure the basement is waterproof.

Consider elevating your house if there is any flood damage or frequent flooding in the neighborhood.

Make An Emergency Supply Kit

Make plans for everyone in your home, including the kids, the elderly, the people with special needs, and the pets. Have an emergency kit with enough medical supplies on hand to handle any unforeseen or present medical issues that members of your household may experience.

A multipurpose tool, a whistle, matches, and flashlights are little but essential goods that can help your family survive a tropical storm. Make sure your family has enough non-perishable food and water for at least three days. Not to mention baby formula, bring anything special your family may require.

Power Up

In case of a power outage, make sure you have plenty of fuel on hand, test your generator, fill up your car’s gas tank, and charge your cell phone.

Move Your Vehicles

Vehicles can be parked behind the garage doors in your garage or moved to an elevated spot. Parking near power wires, trees, or low-lying areas is not permissible.

Prepare Your Outdoor

Prune any dead branches, trees, or bushes, particularly those near your garage doors or home. Replace or repair broken fences. Before the storm, tie up any loose objects in your yard or on your property.

Move all outdoor patio furniture, bikes, and toys inside, along with any potted plants. If needed, use rope-tied burlap or blankets to anchor outdoor sculptures.

Prepare Your Roof

Check for broken or loose shingles on the roof. Think about replacing the old shingles with hurricane-force wind-rated ones. Secure roof trusses to side walls by installing hurricane clips, if necessary.

Install Hurricane Shutters

Use impact-resistant glass or the proper storm shutters to protect your doors, windows, and skylights. As a last-minute preventive measure, you may attach plywood pieces to window frames.

Unplug Your Appliances

Appliances and fixtures should be moved out of interior room from the path of windows and exterior doors. Put them in internal closets or cabinets.

Check Your wall hangings

Take note of any damage to your art collection and ensure that wall hangings are properly attached. Ensure that artwork hanging on outside walls is brought indoors and raised above the ground.  

Gather Your Supplies

Stock your car trunk or go bag with enough emergency supplies for the entire household, including medicine, cleaning materials, and supplies for your pet. After a hurricane, you could not have any of these items for several days or even weeks.

Keep And Store Important Documents

Safely store valuables like jewelry in an internal closet or a safety deposit box. You should also store important documents like birth certificates, marriage licenses, financial records, and your insurance policies in these places.

Hurricane Preparation: In The Event Of A Flood

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  • Bring your emergency supplies kit along
  • Drive or walk away from floodwaters
  • Have a plan for your pets and make sure they accompany you in case of an evacuation
  • If flooding traps you, head to the top floor of the structure. Entering a closed attic is not advised. The rising floodwaters could trap you
  • If your car is surrounded by rising floodwaters, get out of it right away and move to the higher ground
  • Listen to alerts and information regarding emergencies
  • Never bypass barricades
  • Observe local officials’ instructions on evacuation
  • Share your arrangements to evacuate with your family
  • Study hurricane evacuation maps to get the most recent routes
  • When your local government authorities order you to leave your home in an evacuation zone where it is required, you should obey them right away

Hurricane Preparation: After A Flood

  • Do not walk through floodwater as it may carry infectious bacteria that can infect people.  
  • Driving through still-flooded areas is not advised.
  • Keep an eye out for debris, fire ants, snakes, and other threats in places where floodwaters have receded. Floodwaters usually damage pathways and roads.
  • Only go back to your house when the authorities declare it a safe place.
  • Save your phone calls for times of need.  
  • Stay aware of standing water because underground or dead power wires may be electrically charged.
  • Take caution when cleaning up. Put on safety gear and work together with a professional.
  • Take pictures of any personal property damage for insurance purposes.

Conclusion

Massive tropical cyclones called hurricanes develop across ocean waters and frequently head toward land. Hurricanes can produce tornadoes, flooding, storm surge (an upsurge in water level), strong winds, and heavy rain. These hurricanes are catastrophic and have the potential to cause damage to far-inland places.

Having a plan for what to check throughout your hurricane preparation will significantly keep everyone safe during and after the hurricane hits. Focusing on readiness, planning, hurricane preparedness and understanding what to do in the event of a hurricane is essential for a speedy recovery.