Preparing for a Hurricane

The hurricane season causes much stress and anxiety every year in hurricane prone areas. However, much of this anxiety can be avoided if proper planning and adequate preparation are done in advance of that time. Preparation for the hurricane season is important to reduce damage and save lives.

Here are some ways to adequately prepare for a hurricane.

Have a family disaster plan and communicate that plan with all family members. Every family member should know what needs to be done before, during and after a storm. They need to know how and why these activities need to be done. In addition, ensure that there is at least one person that each family member can contact in the event of separation during a storm. Try to make that contact person someone who is out of the disaster area and make sure that each person has the number.

Ensure that a safe place is identified for the family to pass the storm. This may be a room in the home with no windows or a designated hurricane shelter in the area.

Constantly monitor the weather by listening to storm advisories so as to receive updated information. It is also important to have a battery powered radio which will be useful in the event of power outages. This will be important for you to continue monitoring the weather even when there is no electricity.

Secure important documents. All important documents should be kept handy in the event of evacuation from the home or the area. They should be sealed in plastic to avoid water damage.

Ensure that a disaster supply kit is prepared. This kit should include a first aid kit and other essential medical supplies, lots of food and water, flashlights, batteries, plastic bags, candles or lamps, protective clothing, and other items useful to help through the aftermath of a storm.

Protect your home. If you have hurricane shutters put them in or have a supply of plywood that are already cut to fit windows. Also, bring in any loose equipment in the yard that can be blown away by the wind. Prune overhanging branches or cut trees that may likely damage the home. Unblock any drains close to your home which may have the potential to cause flooding.

Try to have some cash in hand if a hurricane watch or warning is issued for your area. Bank services may not be available for a time after a storm. Ensure that your vehicle has enough gas, possibly half to full tank. This is important in case you need to evacuate.

Have a safety plan for family pets. Find out what shelters are available for them and take them there well in advance of a storm.

Complete in advance any activity that requires extra time. It may be too late to get them done when the rain starts.

Following these tips will assist in minimizing personal loss and damage that can be caused by hurricanes.