When preparing for a hurricane, even if you plan on sheltering in place, it is important to be ready for any situation that arises. Here are a few good tips to prepare for a hurricane.
Hurricane Preparation Tip #1: Stay informed
If there is the possibility of a hurricane making landfall anywhere near you, make sure you are paying close attention to the news. From day to day a hurricane’s trajectory may change, and it could be closer or farther away than you think.
This may change your plans, but in any hurricane situation, it is always best to leave if you can. Especially if the local government orders evacuations. With roads getting clogged with traffic, and flights being booked (and then cancelled as the storm approaches), it is necessary to leave sooner rather than later.
Hurricane Preparation Tip #2: Get supplies
If you are planning on sheltering in place, make sure your house and your family have everything they need for at least three days. FEMA suggests one gallon of water per day per person. This equates to twelve gallons for a family of four if you are planning on three days. Cooking any perishable food is advisable, too. Consider putting a list of what is in the refrigerator on the door to limit the amount of time the refrigerator will be open in case you lose power.
Non-perishable food items are essential as well; invest in a small camp stove if you think you might need to cook anything. Don’t forget to stock up on medications and first aid supplies, too. The power may go out, so purchasing a generator and getting a supply of gas well in advance is advisable. The storm will pass eventually, but it could take days for the power to come back on. Remember your pets as well— ensure that they have enough food and water for three days.
Hurricane Preparation Tip #3: Pack a Bag
Even when sheltering in place, it is necessary to have a bag packed in case damage to your home is so great you must leave after the storm is over. This bag should include:
- ID’s for yourself and your family members
- Important documents like insurance papers, birth certificates, social security cards, and vaccination records for pets
- Cash in case the power is out and you have to pay for things without credit or debit cards
- A change of clothes
- Personal hygiene items- toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, etc.
- List of important phone numbers
- External hard drives with important documents off computers or of family pictures in case electronics are damaged in the storm
Hurricane Preparation Tip #4: Exterior Protection
Hurricane season starts June 1st for Southwest Florida. The time to protect your property is now. Storm Solutions can help you to put in impact windows, doors, and garage doors. We also offer impact glass and shutters to prepare your home and protect your property and possessions as best as you can before a hurricane makes landfall.
Property can always be replaced. You and your loved ones cannot. During a hurricane make sure you care for your family and loved ones. Leave your property protection to Storm Solutions. Call our team today for your free in-home estimate.