How to Prepare for a Hurricane

No one wants to have to go through a hurricane – they are one of nature’s most powerful, yet destructive forces. Unfortunately, they don’t simply stay on water year after year, touching land all over the world, and causing widespread damage, flooding, and even injuries and death to people who have to experience them first-hand.

If there is a ‘saving grace’ to most hurricanes, it’s that there is usually plenty of warning time ahead of them. Unlike tornadoes or severe storms that can pop up quite quickly, meteorologists tend to monitor hurricanes for several days before they reach land, giving you time to react, and prepare as necessary.

First, it’s important to know that if at all possible, you should try to evacuate your home, or wherever you might be staying as the hurricane approaches. It can be a difficult decision to leave our belongings behind without knowing what might happen to them, but lives are more important. So, if you can get away from the danger, be sure to do that as quickly as possible. However, if you can’t leave your home, the next best thing is to be as prepared as possible.

Create a Survival Kit

Unfortunately, there is a lot of uncertainty when it comes to what will happen during a hurricane, so having general survival items together in a safe space can be a great way to ensure that you, and your loved ones will at the very least, have some kind of aid. Your survival kit should include things like first-aid objects, non-perishable food, chargers for phones and other devices, and some kind of radio or device that will allow you to check in on the news, weather, etc. Try to keep your kit small and simple, but with the right kind of resources included in it.

Reinforce Doors & Windows

Protect all the doors and windows you can from damaging winds, by reinforcing them. There are specialized kits you can find at your local hardware store that include special bolts to do this. Don’t forget about your garage doors, basement doors, etc. Anywhere there could be a possible opening to your house, try to make it stronger than it already is.

Reduce the Risk of Water Damage

Water damage may be inevitable in some hurricanes, but there are several things you can do to reduce that risk, from checking the sump pump of your house, to making sure your gutters are in proper working condition, and are clear of any leaves, debris, etc. Anything you can do to encourage proper water flow and drainage will help to reduce the water that could end up in your home, and cause property damage.

Have a Generator on Hand

If you live in an area that is consistently at risk for hurricanes, investing in a propane-powered generator is an extremely smart idea. Hurricanes often knock out power, and it can be down for days, if not longer. Having a generator, and a full tank of propane gas on hand will at least buy you a bit of electricity for awhile, so you can get your bearings, save some food from your refrigerator, etc. It may seem like a small comfort, but even being able to turn on the lights for a short time can offer a huge sense of relief, all because of a powerful generator. They are a worthy purchase that could get a lot of use in hurricane-plagued areas.

Keep an Eye on Trees

Trees can add great visual appeal to the outside of a home. However, in hurricane season, they can also become a hazard. Trees that are planted too close to a house can easily snap, and cause damage to the roof, or even the entire home. So, if you have the option, try to plant trees away from your home. If there are already large trees in your yard, just be sure to keep an eye on them – look for any cracks or loose branches, and trim back the branches when you can, so they don’t become exceedingly heavy.

Hurricane Preparedness Can Save Your Home, and Your Life

These tips are really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to preparing for a hurricane the right way. There are plenty of useful tips and tricks you can use to make the powerful event just a little less frightening for you and your family. Hopefully, you can also protect your home in the process. Feel free to take these tips into consideration if you live in an area affected by hurricanes, and they may just help you, and those you love, stay safe and protected.

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