4 Things To Do To Prepare Yourself For This Hurricane Season

 

The Atlantic Hurricane Season commences June 1st until November 30th though it usually peaks between August and September. Before and during these 6 months, it is imperative that we prepare properly for a possible natural disaster.

1. Stay Informed

  • Monitor local news and weather reports so that you are up-to-date on and aware of what is going on around you. There are a few key terms that you should know.
  • Hurricane Watch: When there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 24-36 hours.
  • Hurricane Warning: When hurricane conditions (winds of 74 m/h or greater, or rough seas and high waters) are expected within 24 hours or less.

2. Know where to go

  • It is vital that you know your nearest emergency shelter locations and evacuation routes.
  • You should also pack a ‘go bag’ filled with emergency supplies, just in case you do have to leave your home. This should be easy to carry and left in an area where you can grab it quickly.  Some items that should be included in this according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are:
      • Flashlight and extra batteries
      • First aid kit
      • Whistle to signal for help
      • Food
      • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
      • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

Find more information on things you should have in an Emergency bag here.

3. Prepare your home

  • Strong hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to break and damage your property, so it is advised that you trim or remove damaged trees and limbs.
  • Keep your gutters and drains clean and clear from desbird to prevent any water damage to your property.
  • A great way reduce the risk of damage to a structure from hurricane winds is to reinforce or strengthen the building including doors, walls, and roofs. You should also make sure your insurance is up-to-date as well.

4. Emergency Supplies:

  • It’s easier to build your supplies over time by adding items every week or month, rather than rushing to gather items after a Hurricane Watch or Warning is issued.
  • Gather necessary supplies and items you will need to stay safe after the hurricane passes and as you start to recover. Stock enough food items that do not need refrigeration and will last.
  • You should also collect and safeguard critical financial, medical, educational, and legal documents and records.
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