Hurricane preparedness should not be taken lightly. Hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. One of the best tips you can follow is do not panic just prepare the best that you can. 

Let’s face it each region experiences weather patterns that are beyond anyone’s control and with hurricanes you can somewhat prepared. You have time. Here is a list of realistic tips to help you weather the storm.

 

Tips on Hurricane Preparedness

 

  • Don’t panic, prepare.
  • Follow the storm and pay attention to National Hurricane Center more so than the news. The news may cause panic.
  • Fill your gas tank and propane tanks.
  • Usually during storms power goes out make sure you have your flashlights, batteries and generators ready to go.
  • Freeze bottled water just in case the power goes out you not only have drinking water you will have ice on hand.
  • A radio may be helpful but make sure all electronics are fully charged and remember, you can use your car as a phone charger if it is equipped to do so. 
  • If they tell you to evacuate, please do so, your safety is the most important thing. 
  • Make sure and fill your prescriptions and have a small cooler with ice in order to keep med’s that require refrigeration. 
  • Don’t forget your pet food and med’s if you have pets.
  • Fill pots and pans with water so that you can flush your toilet, wash dishes and laundry, just in case.
  • Purchase canned foods more so than perishable foods.
  • Don’t forget charcoal and sterno. If you lose power, these items will come in handy. 
  • Unplug small appliances.
  • Check on your neighbors, the elderly may need your help.

 

Outdoor Preparations

 

 

  • Bring all children’s toys in the house.
  • Trim tree limbs if necessary.
  • Remove all debris in your yard.
  • Bicycles, grills and lawn equipment should be secured or if you have no where to put these items, see what items will fit in your car if you choose to stay home.
  • Put away outdoor furniture
  • Take down windchimes, potted plants and signs in the yard.
  • Use sandbags in areas that may likely flood.
  • Board up your windows, use shutters and secure windows and doors.

 

When it comes to hurricanes and hurricane preparedness, it is better to be safe than sorry. No one can outsmart mother nature but you sure can do what you can to protect yourself, your family and your home. 

Have any tips to add? Please feel free to do so.