If you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes, it is wise to plan ahead, to prepare as much as possible before hurricane season.
Listening to the weather reports may become a matter of routine, for those who live in coastal areas, prone to hurricanes.
Preparing for a hurricane should be a matter taken very seriously by anyone who chooses to live along a coastal area. The Atlantic hurricane season officially runs from June 1 through November 30.
Hurricanes appear to be most active between August and October. However an important fact to remember is hurricanes can occur any time of year. For this reason it pays to stay prepared.
Listening to the news you will often hear of hurricanes that have caused a great deal of stress, destruction, and loss. Loss of homes, businesses, and lives, is a testimony as to the severity of a hurricane.
If you live in an area where hurricanes are known to occur you must take any hurricane report very seriously as you may not get a second chance if you are caught unprepared.
So how would you prepare for a hurricane?
First if at all possible have a plan in place so you can leave the area for the duration of the hurricane. Try to have some savings set aside specifically for evacuating if necessary. Also have a list of possible places you can go in the event of a hurricane, family, friends, a motel etc.
Not everyone will be able to set aside savings to evacuate in the event of a hurricane emergency, so what they will need to do is find out where any hurricane shelters will be.
Remember to find out who to contact in the event that you will need to use one of these shelters. Do this well in advance of when you may need a shelter.
*A shelter is of little use if you don’t know where it is or how you will get there, so you will need to have a plan in place for this if you will need a shelter.
Some people however, will decide to stay home even when the weather reporters are urging people to evacuate. This may not be well-advised, however, if you chose this route, there are some things you may find helpful.
First as far in advance as possible, gather any supplies you will need to stay safe. Also get all of your buildings as secure as possible ahead of time. Investing in storm shutters may be a good investment as this would eliminate the need to go to the hardware store every time a hurricane came by.
Flashlights, with extra batteries, candle’s with matches or lighters, a kerosene lamp with lamp oil, a battery powered radio, with fresh batteries, all of these are standard for any time you may find yourself without power.
Investing in at min. a small outdoor charcoal grill and several bags of charcoal will make it easier to do some cooking if you do not have power or a camp stove. A camp stove is a better option, but may not be as affordable. You will want to find a place to keep your charcoal dry, as wet charcoal doesn’t burn well.
If you have any cellphones it would be wise to have them fully charged well before the storm hits, including any extra batteries charged. You may or may not have cellphone reception depending on the severity of the storm, however, if you have reception something to remember is text messages seem to go through easier. So if you need to get a message to someone try sending a text message first. Then wait for a reply.
Before the hurricane season hits if at all possible stock up on any staples that your family will need or use in the event of an emergency.
This would be extra water, foods, *especially foods that do not have to be kept refrigerated, first aid supplies including prescription medicines, personal hygiene supplies, pet care items, especially food and water for your pet (s).
If you have keepsakes or personal items you want to take with you in the event you must evacuate, plan to pack those as quickly as possible, after you have taken care of life sustaining necessities. Also keep a small address book or notebook of important contacts.
Last if you own a vehicle keep your vehicle well-maintained, and your gas tank full. It will be a lot harder to get gas in the event of an emergency, if your gas tank is full you will not be delayed and possibly caught in the storm as you are evacuating.