How to Prepare for Hurricanes
If you live along the coastline the worst thing you can do is failing to prepare your home for hurricanes. Technically along the Pacific Coast Hurricane Season doesn’t “officially” end until November 30th therefore don’t think it’s over yet. Read on to learn how to prepare for hurricanes and other natural disasters.
It is vital to prepare for hurricanes before the next storm hits. The National Hurricane Center says that the two main contributing factors to weather safety during hurricanes are hurricane preparedness in advance and prompt action on these preparations.
In order to ensure your home is adequately prepared for hurricanes, here’s what you need to do:
Maintain an up-to-date emergency list– You’ll need to act fast when alerted by emergency officials especially during an evacuation. Make sure you review local government information about evacuation areas and evacuation plans.
Check your insurance coverage – Property owners need to insure their homes against flooding. Make sure you contact your insurance provider to purchase flood insurance cover long before the hurricane season.
Conduct backup and storage of records – Ensure you make copies of important documents such as proof of ownership of cars, boats etc. the documents can be stored securely in the hurricane kit or any other safer place. Remember, if hurricane levels your home, you have to prove that it is your home.
Have supplies – Make sure you buy supplies in advance and keep those supplies on hand in the event evacuation is required. Also, keep a hurricane kit ready so that you can easily grab and bring it to the evacuation shelter. Hurricane kit should include food, water, blankets, and clothing.
Protect your home – One way to protect your home from the risks of hurricanes is to install hurricane shutters. You should also remove or secure loose objects that could pose a threat when winds pick up like potted plants, trash cans, and outdoor furniture. Inspect the overall structure of your home and make repairs to damaged roofs and loose shingles. Protect the windows and doors in advance by covering them with plywood.
Isn’t it better to be safe than sorry with your loved ones and your belongings? Read more about preparing for a Hurricane on the National Hurricane Center website.