Hurricane season is here, and that means that we are going to see some storms moving in. When it comes to being prepared, don’t wait until the last minute to get yourself ready! I am going to share some tips with you in being equipped for hurricane season, no matter where you are! As we watch the weather and wonder what MIGHT happen, there are things that we can do to be ready!
These tips have been used by my family for the past few years. We have a hurricane plan – just in case! You just never know! Many variables come into play, and if you are a parent, then you think and overthink many things. Put your plan together, remember your strategy, and stay safe!
- Relax – Seriously. Relax. When you are feeling anxious, it can be hard to think about what needs to be done, and what you should do. Remaining calm is one of the best things that you can do.
- Take stock of what you have in the house – What do you have that you can use? Before you buy anything, look over what you already have.
- Water and Food – these are big ones! Buy food that will not go bad quickly (crackers, canned goods) and store in a bin, or out of the way place in your pantry. We have a hurricane box that we keep food items in, for just in case. When it comes to cooking with no power, it gets a little tricky. There are small burners that you can buy at your local sporting goods store. They have small canisters of gas, and then you just pop the stove on the top. Use a mess kit or small pan to cook your meal. It might take a little longer, but you still have hot food! Keeping some things in the freezer that you can use to preserve other perishable foods cold will help as well. If you think you might lose power, get the freezer as full as possible. You can use pillows or other moldable items to pack around your food. Packing these items in tight will help to keep your food frozen longer. I have even used plastic bags in my freezer to fill smaller spots. WATER – okay, so when we hear bad weather is coming, we run to the store to buy as many bottles of water that we can. STOP! Before you go anywhere, think of the water source already at your home! Keep empty containers (washed out milk cartons, etc.) in a closet or garage. You can fill these with water and store in a corner when severe weather threatens. By doing this, you can save standing in long lines, or not being able to get any water at all.
- Have an emergency kit – A bin is excellent for this! Keep flashlights, waterproof matches, candles, etc. in this bin! You can store it out of the way, and when you need it, it will be there! Be sure to add extra batteries for flashlights. It is a great idea to test these items a couple of times a year to ensure that they are still good and in working order.
- Take photographs of electronics and serial numbers – You will need this information if something is to happen to your residence. Water damage can be costly. Having documentation will be your friend!
- Check your homeowners or renters insurance – I cannot stress this one enough! When in doubt, CALL. Know what is in your policy. This can save you a lot of heartaches later on. If you do not have a copy of your plan, request one BEFORE you need it. Keep this in a waterproof safe or other location where it will remain undamaged.
- Have a plan – If there is a possibility that you might be separated from some family, be sure to have a course of action. Designate a location to meet, a person to call and check in with, and go over this plan with your entire family. Sometimes rain can come on fast. If your kids are at a friends house, or your spouse is at work, know where everyone is, and remind them of designated locations. You can also use a permanent marker to write your phone numbers on pets underbellies, even if they are chipped. This marker does not come off quickly. It will help reunite your pets with your family should you become separated. Having some cash on hand is a good idea! You can add this into your bin if you want. We keep a couple of hundred dollars set aside, just in case. If power lines go down, then your cards will not work.
- KNOW YOUR EVACUATION ROUTES – this is the biggest one! If your area is going to be slammed, plan to leave as soon as you can. Traffic gets backed up quickly, and by not planning your route in advance, you can get stuck in the never-ending line of traffic leaving. Keep your vehicles full of fuel, and also keep your phones charged at all times.
You can get some great tips for being prepared as well here: https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes
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