If a hurricane is heading your way, the best thing you can do is to be prepared. Hurricanes can cause extreme flooding and high winds over 156 miles per hour. Hurricane preparation requires forethought, planning, and action. Our offices are in Miami, so we have had our share of hurricanes. However we learned a few things about how to better prepare for them.
If you live in a low lying zone where flooding is a regular occurrence then you must prepare your valuable possessions, or risk severe damage. Sign up for emergency alerts so you are aware of the status of the weather event as it progresses. Here are some basic tips you can use to prepare for a hurricane.
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If you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes, it’s a good idea to purchase flood insurance. It is usually not included in most property insurance, so you will most likely have to purchase it separately. It’s always better to have insurance and not need it, than to need it and not have it. Even the most inexpensive coverage can help in a catastrophe.
Tarp The Roof
If you have a small leak or any signs of a leak, you should consider putting a tarp on your roof. Installing a roof tarp will help you prevent any further damage.
In addition it is a very cost effective way to prevent a more severe damage.
Your evacuation route will largely depend on your specific location. Make sure to have several options in case some are too flooded to travel. You can contact your local emergency management agency to find out more information.
If your home is in a low lying area, then it’s best to be aware of the locations of nearby emergency shelters. If you live in a mobile home, and the winds and rains are very strong then you will most like have to go to a shelter to stay safe.
Family Communication Plan
The most heart wrenching outcomes of a natural disasters are the lives lost due to unpreparedness. If you make a plan with family and friends ahead of time then you will be able to keep track of anyone that goes missing and take steps to have them rescued by emergency personnel. Make sure to keep all important phone numbers written down on paper in your wallet.
It’s important to have an array of emergency items on hand to keep you and your loved ones safe. Batteries of all sizes, gasoline for your vehicle, flashlights and backup bulbs, a battery powered radio, cash, and a fully stocked first aid kit will be the bare necessities that you will need to prepare for this kind of emergency.
Food and Water
Non-perishable foods such as canned goods and dry goods, and lots of drinking water are essential in this type of situation. You must prepare for stores to be closed and basic necessities to be unavailable for extended periods of time. Include pet food if you have pets.
Fill a large backpack or two with items such as a change of clothes, first aid kit, food and water that you can grab in a hurry and get out the door if need be.
Secure Your Property
This includes boarding up windows, moving furniture away from windows. Secure important documents in waterproof containers and put them in a safe place. Secure the perimeter of your property by trimming low hanging branches, and storing away anything, such as outdoor furniture, that could be taken away by high winds.
Backup Power Source
If you will be staying in and hunkering down, then having a backup power source can do wonders for your level of comfort. If you have a generator then you can still cook and refrigerate food.
Make Plans With Neighbors
Many people rely on neighbors during a natural disaster as a last resort. Sometimes your best option will be to call on the help of those nearby, so it’s wise to have their contact information available, if you don’t already have it. Make a plan to check on each other if you call and don’t get a response. You could help save a life.
Make sure your pets are wearing identification tags on their collars. You will be more likely to be reunited with a lost pet if they are microchipped, and registered in your name. Another thing you can do is to put your cell phone number on your pet’s tag. Make sure that you can bring your pet to emergency shelters on your evacuation routes. Don’t assume you can, and have a backup plan if not. Research hotels, motels, vet’s offices, or pet boarding facilities that you can bring your pet to in an emergency. Also consider boarding them with a friend or relative out of the storm’s path of danger. Remember, if you evacuate, always bring your pet.
Now you have a few tips that should help you be prepared for the coming storm. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, or if you would like our help.