Whether you live in Florida or any other coastal area, it’s always a good idea to know what to do when hurricane season and tropical storms make their way inland. If you’re not planning to evacuate, here are five crucial tips to prepare you for the hurricane season that you should know.
1. Creating a Disaster Kit
It’s always a good idea to have an emergency preparedness kit for potential disasters, not just hurricanes. A proper kit should include a first-aid kit and enough non-perishable food and water for every household member to last at least three days. You should also have battery-operated or rechargeable electronics such as flashlights and radios and any necessary sanitary, pet, or baby supplies you may require.
2. Using Sandbags
Sandbags help reduce potential property damage during storms. Propping sandbags up against doorframes redirect powerful winds and prevent heavy rain from leaking. Setting the bags up in rows and allowing them to overlap is the best way to avoid unnecessary damage.
3. Source of Backup Power
While it’s a good idea to keep batteries and rechargeable electronics on hand, it’s always a good idea to have a generator in case the power goes out. There are several benefits to having a generator during a storm, most notably in keeping your power running, preventing food from spoiling, and allowing you to use appliances.
4. Removing Potential Hazards
When you hear that a storm is on the way, one tip for preparing yourself for hurricane season is taking the time to remove potential hazards from around your home. You should bring lawn decorations inside and trim trees and bushes to prevent broken branches from causing any damage.
5. Plan a Safe Route
If worst comes to worst and you need to evacuate, we highly recommend having an escape route planned. Locate any and all nearby emergency shelter locations and map out a safe route to get there from your home.