Is Your New Home Prepared For The 2017 Hurricane Season?
Hurricane season has officially begun. The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is an event in the annual cycle of tropical cyclone formation. The season officially begins on June 1, 2017 and ends on November 30, 2017.
The Calm Before the Storm:
The very best time to plan for a hurricane is when there isn’t one! Basically, know what you need to know before something happens. Review your insurance policies. Ask your insurance agent if you are covered properly for flood and wind damage.
Understand the watches and warnings. A watch means that conditions are favorable for a hazard to occur and a warning means a hazard is imminent. Updates of weather conditions are given on local news or radio stations.
Whether you live in an evacuation area or not, you may have to leave your home. Have a system in place for contacting family members and know where you’ll go if you have to leave. Remember that some evacuation shelters may not allow pets, so have a plan for your animals too. Follow the FEMA Evacuation guidelines and leave immediately if you are ordered to do so.
Should you stay or evacuate?
What utilities and other services will be available after the storm? How can you protect your family and your home? While each person’s approach may vary, here are some basic preparations the experts agree on.
Determining where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate is an important factor. Learn your community’s hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. It’s important your family is on the same page when it comes to how you will handle emergencies. Everyone in the family should know what the plan is, where to find a copy of it and what events “activate” it. You should have a plan for how to communicate with each member of the family. Phone trees can be helpful when communicating to extended family and close friends.
Next, you will need to ensure you have a “hurricane box”- a box containing critical supplies your family will need. We have created a checklist to help you get your family prepared.
Hurricane Preparation Supplies:
- Gas: We recommend that you buy a few 5-gallon gas cans and keep them filled up. Be cautious with letting the gas sit for a while. You can always empty the gas into your car and refill them if needed.
- Batteries: Look around for what size batteries you might need need. The most common sizes are AAA, AA, C and D. Grab a few of each.
- Flash Light: These often use C or D batteries. Have a couple around the house, one in the kitchen and one in your nightstand. Another good spot is in the bathroom.
- Storm Radio: This will help keep you informed if the power goes out.
- Canned Goods: When you lose power, it is often for a couple days. Keep stocked up on non-perishable canned goods that you can cook on the grill should you be without power for a few meals. Also, keep in mind you will need a non-electric can opener. *Consider stocking up on paper cups, plates and plastic utensils.
- Charcoal/Propane: When you lose power, how will you cook? A grill is a good option. Be sure you have charcoal and or propane gas.
- Tools: Try to have a pair of work gloves, utility knife, crowbar, pliers, screwdriver, hammer, and a shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas or water that is easily accessible, if needed.
Preparing Your House & Family For A Storm:
- Locate A Safe Room: A room with no windows is recommended. Practice escape drills with the family in case there is an emergency. You may want to have a couple pillows and blankets on hand for their comfort. Even a small toy or book can keep them occupied.
- Yard: Pick up loose debris that could go airborne in a storm. It’s not “that” the wind is blowing as much as “what” the wind is blowing. Dispose of loose limbs and tuck trash cans around safely. Patio furniture should also be secured. *If you have a pool, people often toss their chairs in the pool to make sure they don’t blow away.
- Bathrooms: If a storm comes, fill up the tubs with water so you have clean, fresh water to use.
- Medication: Do you or one of your family members require special medication? Consult with your doctor and consider getting an extra prescription so that you do not go without.
- Pets: Keep pet food and medication on hand. A collar with identification tags is also important.
- Cash: When power goes out, chances are banks will be closed and ATM machines may not be accessible. Keep some cash on hand in case.
- Important Documents: Birth certificates, identification documents and insurance information should be a kept in a safe spot that you can grab quickly if you need to leave.
Keep informed. The Weather Channel has a storm tracking link. Click here to bookmark the site.
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