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Resources For Hurricane Prep

Resources For Hurricane Prep

In light of recent storms, many people across the coastal United States are re-examining their emergency preparedness. Hurricanes and other natural disasters may be incredibly destructive and damaging, but there are steps families can take to ensure they’re prepared the next time foul weather threatens.

Know your terms

Your preparedness levels should follow across three stages: before any hint of bad weather, hurricane watch, and hurricane warning.

A hurricane watch means that conditions are right for a hurricane to form within the next 48 hours. If you see a watch, you should take active steps to prepare to leave.

A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected in the next 36 hours. If you’re in an active warning state, you should be preparing to follow your local evacuation orders.

General Emergency Preparedness Tips

Before there’s any hint of a hurricane, you can still take steps to make sure you’re ready the next time one comes around.

  • Prepare a go bag with emergency supplies that will travel with you in case of an evacuation.
  • Stock an emergency kit in your home. Make sure you have food and water to sustain you in case of loss of power.
  • Make copies of your important documents.
  • Have an evacuation plan agreed upon by all family members before foul weather strikes.
  • Check in with your local government to see what emergency event resources are available to you.
  • Have hurricane insurance. Double check your plan to make sure it covers you in all circumstances and that your coverage is up to date.
  • Keep a power generator on your property, as well as gasoline to power it.
  • Have trees on your property trimmed of all dead or dying branches, and have a professional examine all healthy limbs to see if they would pose serious risk to your property if they fell.
  • Make sure your drainage systems are functional. Secure all gutters and spouts, and make sure drainage pathways don’t block up when they’re filled with water. Ensuring that the water has someplace to go can dramatically reduce the risk of damage to your home.
  • Have an appraiser look at the state of your roof and windows. If they aren’t secure enough to withstand strong wind, have them retrofitted to the frame of your home.

If a hurricane is imminent:

  • Move all vehicles to higher ground so their components aren’t ruined.
  • Charge your electrical devices. Consider having a few portable chargers as well.
  • Close storm shutters or board your windows.
  • Turn your fridge and freezer on the highest setting and don’t open the doors except when necessary to preserve cold air.
  • Keep a radio or TV playing so you can keep an eye on the movement of the storm.

Recovering from a storm

Once your area is declared safe, know what you need to do after the hurricane has passed.

  • Take photos of any damage before you clean it up.
  • Make sure your friends and loved ones are accounted for.
  • Follow local regulations for disposing of debris and damage.
  • File an insurance claim, and contact an attorney if the company doesn’t give you your due as a policyholder.
  • Restock your emergency supplies in preparation for the next storm.

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