Hurricane season is just around the corner.
We’re seeing more and more bad storms hitting the southern part of the country each year. If you live on the Gulf of Mexico or the southeast coast, you just know that the end of summer is going to bring trouble. Dealing with it has become a part of life.
In this post, we’re going to tell you how to prepare for a hurricane by giving you 7 crucial tips. The more prepared you are, the better chance you, your loved ones, and your property has of making it through the storm safe and sound.
1. Evacuation Plan
The first thing you should do when a storm is coming is to figure out your evacuation plan. If you do need to evacuate, only aim to get outside of the evacuation area.
Plan out your route and have a backup route ready in the event that your first choice is too busy. Let a family member or friend know where you’re going and make sure to leave when you’re told to.
2. Your Emergency Kit
Prepare an emergency kit for a power outage, large scale flooding, etc. Things that you should include are flashlights, lots of batteries, non-perishable food, bottled water, clothing, medicine, and toiletries. You don’t want to leave this until the last minute.
3. Get Insurance Sorted
When you live in a part of the country that experiences regular tropical storms and hurricanes, you should have flood insurance added to your home insurance. If you don’t currently have it, use the Betterflood.com tool to calculate how much flood insurance will cost on top of your plan.
Flooding is the leading cause of damage after hurricanes, so look closely at your policy and do what you have to prepare so that your damages are covered.
4. Equipping Your Home
Equipping your home for the storm surge is incredibly important for both insurance and protecting your property. Make sure the trees around your house are trimmed, install storm shudders on your windows (or boards), take loose items like patio furniture and planters inside, move your car inside, and make sure all your doors are closed and locked.
5. Storing Important Things
In the event that there is some water damage in your home, make sure you’ve got your important documents in a safe and secure place. Things like legal papers, insurance policy info, birth certificates, and any valuables that you really care about should be kept in a safety deposit box or something like that.
6. You Need Juice
If you’re forced to evacuate, you need to make sure that your car is full of gas, and your phones, power banks, and laptops are all fully charged. In these situations, you simply don’t know when you’re going to have access to normal power again, so you need to be prepared. As far as your car goes, you don’t want to be trying to get gas as you’re leaving town because there’s sure to be lineups.
7. Stay Informed
Lastly, keep your eyes and ears peeled for new information on the storm and its trajectory. TV and radio news channels or social media should have the latest info.
Learning How to Prepare For a Hurricane
If you’ve never had to prepare for a hurricane before, all of this can feel a bit overwhelming. Stay calm, follow these tips, and listen to what the authorities are telling you to do and you should be fine. As long as you’ve prepared for the worst, you should be able to avoid it.
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