Hurricanes can be terrifying. Sometimes they’re little storms, and sometimes they’re powerful enough to destroy entire neighborhoods and towns. Hurricane season lasts from May all the way until November. If you live in an area prone to hurricanes and you haven’t already started preparing for a big storm, then you should start right now! Hurricanes only give us days to prepare and because of their fickleness, it can be hard to track how hard the storm will hit, where it will go, and what category it will be when it gets there.
Since there are so many unknown variables, we never know how bad these storms can get. We’re in the most severe part of the season and more storms are coming our way, so get to it and start preparing. Here are a few ways to stay safe during these mega storms.
Secure Your Home
No matter how big or small your house is, something could break. Those winds aren’t letting up even if your walls do. Invest in storm shutters and put out sandbags if you’re in an area where they are necessary. If you have any tall trees near your house, either do something about them, or for you and your family’s safety. Try to stay away from upper floors or areas of your home surrounded by tall foliage. You should also investigate your house for any weak spots or leaks. Getting to these before the storm does is vital to your home’s security. You could risk exposure to the elements or even flooding. Both of these are dangerous and costly.
Save up Some Emergency Money
Put away some money in a safe that you can use in a dire situation. If you need to stay at a hotel or drive a long distance, then you’ll need the travel funds already saved up so that you never have to say “I can’t afford that.” You shouldn’t be unable to afford safety, so having that money is crucial. You might also need it after the storm. Broken windows, fallen trees, and flooding are all damages that you’ll need to repair quickly. You need windows in your house to protect you and keep out the bugs. You also need to make sure that there aren’t any widowmakers in your backyard. If a big branch falls, it could spell disaster for you or your home.
Stock up on Supplies
If you live in a smaller town or neighborhood, then you’re more likely to lose power during a storm. You’re going to want lanterns and candles on hand as a light source. You’ll also need plenty of water and nonperishable food to keep you fed for at least two weeks. That might sound crazy, but during a hurricane one year, it got extremely cold in my area and we got over six feet of solid snow. We were stuck in the house without power for a week and a half, so we were lucky to have some food and water on hand, especially since it was impossible to leave. You should also have a first aid kit and plenty of essential toiletries. Keep it stocked up so you never run out. If you don’t have a gas stove, then buy a camping stove or sterno cans so that you can heat food up. A portable heater or fire starters (if you have a fireplace) are also great to have on hand.
Have an Evacuation Plan
Once your home is secure, it’s time to make sure that you have a plan set in place in case you are required to evacuate the area. If you have family and friends living nearby, then ask them if they wouldn’t mind letting you stay if there was ever an emergency. If you live far away from family and friends, then make a list of hotels that are easy for you to get to, but are far away from the coastline. If you need to drive out to one, it should be a short drive, because with all the traffic before a big storm, it could double or triple your time spent on the road.
Hurricanes are scary, but unfortunately the end of Hurricane season is the worst and you could potentially get hit with multiple storms before you’re even prepared. Start saving up and stocking up. It’s worth it to have a plan set in place if disaster ever strikes.