A hurricane is one of the most destructive forces on the planet. We have entire networks and organizations set up across the country to monitor for these storms each day, and yet, our cities and towns are hit hard every year. Those along the coast are particularly at risk due to their close proximity to the water. When a hurricane hits the coast, the wind and water damage are considerable. But, with all of our early warning systems and the annual hurricane season looming overhead, you have a unique opportunity to prepare your home for a hurricane. A little elbow grease and thorough planning can mean the difference between a family home and an empty shell.
Preparing Your Home for Hurricane Season
Nobody should have to endure a hurricane, but it happens more often than we like to imagine. If one should head in your direction, the best preparation can help you survive the storm and come out unscathed. Here is how to prepare your home for hurricane season:
- Storm Kit – A storm readiness kit is the first step in preparing your home. You’ll want to accumulate at least three days of food and water, blankets, batteries, flashlights, whistles, and an emergency radio.
- Portable Generator – You’ll likely be without power for a few days during a hurricane. You don’t need a whole-home generator, but one strong enough to power a few lights in your shelter and a refrigerator can make a world of difference. You’ll also need gas. A 5,500-watt generator uses five gallons of gasoline per eight hours of use.
- Storm Shutters – With all the flying debris and high wind speeds, your doors and windows are prone to shatter inward. To better protect the interior of your home, it’s smart to invest in storm shutters and to barricade the door before the storm hits the area.
Hurricane Safety Tips
It’s important to know that hurricanes can produce extremely dangerous conditions, including wind speeds in excess of 155 mph, tornadoes, flying debris, storm surges, flooding, mudslides, and more. These dangers put everyone at risk.
Before this year’s hurricane season – June 1 to November 30 – catch up on your hurricane safety tips with Restoration 1:
- Have a hurricane disaster plan in place, including an evacuation route, and ensure your family knows the plan front to back.
- Have a NOAA weather radio in your storm shelter, with extra batteries, to listen to storm advisories and updates.
- Keep some money nearby, as banks and ATMs are likely to be closed during the storm.
- Ensure your vehicle is fully gassed and in working condition in case you need to evacuate the area.
- Avoid low-lying and flood-prone areas.
- Always remain indoors during a hurricane due to the strong wind speeds and flying debris.
- Do not drink tap water until officials provide an all-clear.