With this hurricane season starting out strong, hurricane preparedness is highly recommended. If you live in an area that could potentially be hit by tropical storms, you need to learn to prepare yourself before a hurricane hits. Days before there are any hurricane warnings or watches, there are several things you should do and these are as follows:
- Fill your cars up with gas. If you wait until a day or two before a storm is going to hit, there are long lines at the gas stations, and prices begin to increase. Bear in mind that you need a full tank, because if the power is out in your area, it could be days before you find an open gas station, and those that are open will once again have very long lines.
- Purchase extra gas if you own a generator. If you have not used your generator in a few years, they could require the spark plugs to be cleaned out.
- Make sure you have enough canned food to last for at least one week for each member of your family. Don’t forget to have a standard, non-electric can opener. If you have small children, make sure you have everything you need such as diapers, baby food and powdered milk. You may not have refrigeration for days, so plan ahead.
- Make sure you have one gallon of water per person per day. A few years ago, some countries experienced a category 2 hurricane and the power was out for as long as 13 days in some areas. At a minimum, try to have at least one week worth of water.
- Refill any prescription medications so that you have at least 2 weeks’ worth. It could be difficult to find an open pharmacy after a storm.
- Check your flashlights and battery supply. Keep them in a place where everyone in the family knows their location.
- Have a well-stocked first aid kit.
- Have an old fashioned plug-in phone. After the first hurricane, some areas had phone lines available, but without power supply, the cordless phones do not work.
- Have some cash on-hand to last for at least a week. ATM machines don’t work when the power is out.
- Make copies of important documents and put them in a zip-lock bag. Your home owners’ insurance policy is important. Also protect any valuable photos in zip-lock bags.
If you think that your home is not able to sustain hurricane force winds, make sure you know where the nearest shelter is. Many shelters do not accept pets, so plan ahead where you will leave them. Many places offer boarding for pets, but they fill up quickly, so don’t wait until the last minute. Hurricane preparedness will prevent and reduce many causes of panic and stress in the event of a disaster. Once you have a solid plan and you are prepared with the right supplies, you and your family have a better chance of surviving a hurricane.
Nature is now fighting back against the desecration and it is no laughing matter!