Hurricane Preparedness Reduces Your Risk

 

Although there are a great many wonderful things that come with spring and summer days, there are also plans that need to be made for when the weather turns foul. As we all know, a hurricane can bring widespread devastation, so preparing for one ahead of time can help better protect yourself and your family.

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These massive storm systems bring with them various threats, from high winds to heavy rainfall to tornadoes. These threats can not only hurt homes but also cause power, water, and gas outages that can pollute drinking water. Here are some tips on being better prepared in order to remain safe.

Depending on your area, there may be specific routes in place to evacuate, so check with your state’s Department of Transportation to make sure you know where these routes are if needed. Not to mention, there may be a shelter near you where the community gathers during a hurricane. Make sure these routes and locations are placed at the top of your home’s “Hurricane Checklist.”

Planning needs to be made for your entire household, so be ready to care for your pets, children, and people with disabilities in order to give them access and food during a crisis.

Keep your car’s gas tank at least half-full at all times in order to leave the home at a moment’s notice. And, when it comes to basic emergency supplies, make sure to gather snacks, bottled water, a first aid kit, flashlights, blankets, and a change of clothes for everyone and keep these supplies in the trunk of your car. As a back-up, keep a “go bag” inside the house with these items as well in an easy-to-carry case. That way, if there’s more than one vehicle leaving, both will be prepared. In addition, make sure to pick a location where you will meet up and stay if you happen to be separated on the road.

Part of your checklist should be a family communication plan. It’s important to keep numbers written down in your wallet just in case you are unable to access your cell phone during a storm. If you have everything you’ll need to get in touch with your family that extra worry is taken away.

Medical needs, such as medications family members take, also need to be kept supplied and updated so that they are always on hand if weather conditions worsen.

Although flashlights are a necessity, think of other safety tools, such as a multi-purpose tool, small items like matches, lighters, flares, and even jumper cables in the car. The tiniest thing can make a huge difference when keeping your family safe.

In the house, try to have on hand at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water for your family if stuck inside the residence during a hurricane. Include any products for hygiene and sanitation as well; practicing good hygiene (i.e., soap, anti-bacterial wipes, etc.) can stop the spread of bacteria and infectious disease.

And don’t forget those personal items. Because of a hurricane, you may be away from your home for an extended period of time. In that case, grab any items that are irreplaceable or may provide comfort to your family during this difficult period.

Last, but never least, try your best to protect your property against the wind and water damage that could occur (i.e., bring in loose objects that would be unsafe in the high winds, and reinforce doors and windows as best as you can).

By using these tips to create a plan before a hurricane strikes, you’ll definitely reduce your risks.

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