The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June 1st to November 30th and peaks from August to October. If you live in an area prone to these devastating storms, it’s important to take some time to prepare.
From stockpiling to creating an evacuation plan, read on to learn everything you need to do to prepare when a hurricane hits you.
Below are nine tips on how to prepare for a hurricane.
1. CREATE A PLAN
If a hurricane may be heading your way, it’s best to be ready days in advance.
Decide whether to stay home or evacuate. Coastal areas are prone to mandatory evacuation, so be prepared to leave at any time.
Just because you live inland doesn’t mean you won’t be asked to evacuate. Evacuation orders are issued based on historical flood maps and the strength of the storm.
If you’re in an RV, go. RVs can also suffer severe damage from weaker storms.
2. KNOW YOUR EVACUATION ROUTES
The American Red Cross has evacuation routes for most states based on your county. State links are listed below:
3. KNOW THE LOCATION OF THE PROPERTIES
If you are planning an evacuation, you can use the FEMA Mobile App to find open shelters near you.
4. ATTACH ACCESSORIES, LISTEN TO THE NEWS AND PREPARE FOR THE DEPARTURE
Gather supplies ready for evacuation (perishable food, water, first aid kit, etc.) e.g.
Listen to a battery-powered radio and follow local evacuation instructions.
Secure your home, close and lock doors and windows. Unplug electrical devices such as radios, televisions, and small appliances. Leave freezers and refrigerators plugged in unless there is a risk of flooding. If your home is damaged and you are instructed to do so, turn off the water, gas, and electricity before leaving.
Wear sturdy shoes and clothing that offers some protection, such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and a hat.
5. WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE ACCOMMODATION ON SITE
If you have time before the storm, trim trees on your property, purchase approved window coverings, collect loose outdoor items, secure your doors, and find a safe location for your vehicle.
You should cover all windows with shutters or plywood.
If you’re planning on weathering the storm at home, make sure you have a “safe room” to go to when the storm hits. If you don’t have storm protection, you should stay inside the house (preferably no outside walls).
Consider getting a generator. if you do never Run it in your house.
6. MAKE A COMMUNICATION PLAN
Develop a family communication plan. It can be difficult to keep in touch with family members during a storm.
Whether you’re staying home or evacuating, tell someone where you are or where you’re going, e.g. B. a family or a friend from abroad.
Complete FEMA’s Family Communication Plan Cards to ensure all important information is included.
Protect your Furbabies! Never leave pets to weather a storm.
8. PREPARE FINANCIAL, INSURANCE AND OTHER RECORDS
9. BUILD A SURVIVAL KIT
Delivery checklist: Provided by FEMA | Red Cross
- Battery operated or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio with audible alarm and extra batteries for both.
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children.
- Food can opener.
- Cash or travelers checks and change.
- Complete change of clothes with long-sleeved shirt, long trousers and sturdy shoes.
- Dust mask to filter contaminated air.
- Emergency reference material such as a first aid book.
- Feminine and personal hygiene items.
- fire extinguisher.
- First aid kit.
- Flashlight and extra batteries.
- Grocery – At least a three day supply of non-perishable groceries. Click/tap here for a list of groceries it doesn’t need refrigeration.
- Household chlorine bleach and a dropper for medication. Dilute nine parts water to one part bleach to use as a disinfectant.
- identification and bank account records; Store them in a waterproof, portable container
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies.
- infant formula and diapers.
- Local Maps.
- Matches in a waterproof container or waterproof matches (look for these at places that sell camping gear).
- Eating utensils, paper cups, plates, plastic utensils and paper towels.
- Wet wipes, garbage bags and plastic straps for personal hygiene.
- paper and pencil.
- Pet food and extra water for your pet.
- Prescription drugs and glasses.
- foil and tape.
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person.
- Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days for drinking and hygiene.
- Whistle to signal for help.
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
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