Hurricanes are generally accompanied by high wind forces and strong rains, which may quickly change directions. They can destroy everything that you have spent years to create, so the fact that hurricane season is here, means you need to be prepared. You don’t want to wait until warnings have been issued to start getting ready. Poor preparations may cause you to lose your home and be without electricity, water, and essentials. Here are a few tips to ensure you are prepared before a major storm hits.
Unfortunately, you’ll never know how long a hurricane will last or how long you may be without water and power after the hurricane hits, so it’s essential that stock up on the essentials. Stock up on ready-to-eat foods, such as canned foods, but try to choose foods that have good nutritional value. It’s typically recommended that you have at least one gallon of water per person for a minimum of three days; however, the more water you can store, the better it will be. Make sure to store all food and water in an area that is safe from the risk of high water. If you have pets, don’t forget to stock up on pet food as well, preferably canned. If there are elderly adults or infants in your home that require special foods, make sure to stock up on these as well.
First Aid Kit
Make sure you have a fully stocked first aid kit available. The first aid kit should include the basics, such as wound coverage (bandaids, gauze pads, and medical tape), antibiotic ointment and over-the-counter pain relievers. It is also important to include any medications and supplies that members of your household rely on.
Whether you plan to evacuate or remain in place, it is essential that you pack a document box. The document box must be an airtight, waterproof container that is easy to carry. Important documents, such as insurance policies, birth certificates, driver’s license, passports and mortgage papers should all be included in the box. For added security, consider scanning all documents and send a copy to your email.
It is extremely important that you know where the circuit box, main water line, and gas lines are located for your home. Keep in mind that water and electricity don’t go together, so it is also important that you understand how to disconnect these lines if necessary. Contact your local utility companies for information on how to disconnect utilities in the case of an emergency. One of the best investments you should consider is a back-up generator. Generators are available in a wide range of sizes and fuel options. Even purchasing the smallest generator available will allow you to have access to electricity. Keep in mind that if the power does go out, there is no guarantee of how long it will be before it’s restored. A generator will allow you to have lights, keep food cold and power any necessary medical equipment.
If you are required to evacuate, it is important for your safety that you follow the evacuation order. Routinely have practice drills to ensure your family fully understands how to safely evacuate and that they know the safest routes. Should you opt to remain in place, it is critical that your family knows what to do should the power go out, such as how to start the generator, where your supplies are stored and where the safest place in your home is. Be sure you have plenty of batteries, flashlights, and blankets on hand. Be on the alert, watch the news or listen to the radio for updates and make all efforts to keep you and your family safe.
For more information on electrical safety or purchasing/using generators, contact Beacon Home Services.