Hurricanes: Before the Storm

Hurricane Season 2014 - Preparation Tips

altThe 2014 hurricane season has officially begun.  The season officially begins on June 1, 2014 and ends on November 30, 2014. 

We have created a step by step hurricane guideline on how to prepare before the storm.  Make sure your family is prepared this season:

Before a Hurricane

Emergency Supply Kit:

It is vital, before a hurricane develops, that you have an emergency supply kit.

Flood-Prone:

Learning the elevation levels of your property is essential for knowing how your property will be effected when storm surge or tidal flooding are forecasted.

Shelter:

Locate a safe room within your home.  An interior room with no windows is recommended.

Evacuation Routes:

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.

Home Preparation:

Create a plan on how to secure your home during a hurricane: The best way to protect your windows is to install pre-drilled hardware for storm shutters to your home’s exterior.  You can leave the hardware in place and store the shutters in your garage, organized by window opening.  A second option would be to board up your windows with plywood.  A third options is to install a laminated glass with an impact-resistant glaze. (Tape will not prevent your windows from breaking).  Consider installing a home generator for emergencies.

Clean Water Supply:

If a storm comes, fill your bathtubs up with water so you will have clean, fresh water to use for sanitary purposes, such as cleaning and flushing toilets.  If necessary, you can also fill larger containers with water.

Yard Preparation:

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.

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.

Money:

When power goes out, chances are banks will be closed and ATM machines may not be accessible. Keep some cash on hand, just in case.

Important Documents:

Birth certificates, identification documents, insurance policies, and bank account records should be a kept in a waterproof, portable container that you can grab quickly if you need to leave.

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Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation.
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable canned goods that you can cook on the grill, should you be without power for a few days.
  • Battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries for both.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • First Aid kit.
  • Whistle to signal for help.
  • Infant formula and diapers, if you have an infant.
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place.
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food).
  • A sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person.
  • Cash or traveler's checks, change.
  • Paper, pencil.
  • Personal hygiene items including feminine supplies.
  • Matches in a waterproof container.
  • Paper towels.
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils.
  • When you lose power, how will you cook? A grill is a good option.  Be sure you have charcoal and or propane gas. 
  • Look around for what size batteries you might need. The most common sizes are AAA, AA, C and D.  Grab a few of each.
  • 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.

We hope everyone stays weather ready and cautious this hurricane season.

For more hurricane season articles:

Read our article “Disaster Preparedness on the Gulf Coast (Part One)” {HERE}.

Read our article “Is your Emergency Kit Ready for a Severe Weather out Break?” {HERE}.

Read our article “Hurricane Season Preparation Tips” {HERE}.

For more advice articles, click {HERE}.

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One thought on “Hurricanes: Before the Storm

  1. There really are a lot of things that need to be taken care of when preparing your home for a hurricane. As the article points out, you will want to make sure that you have storm shutters in place. It will also help to make sure that these have been properly fastened so that they will hold out during the storm.

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