It goes without saying that hurricanes are a common disaster that both preppers and non-preppers endure often. Like in most situations, prepppers are able to weather these situations (pun intended) better than non-preppers, as they’ve already stocked up on supplies, have prepared to survive in the short- and long-term and know what they need to do to help themselves and their families survive.
If you’re just starting to prepare, there are some things you should know to help you prepare for hurricanes.
Hurricane Preparation Tips
- Discuss with your family the types of hazards that could affect your family and how to prepare for these situations. Find out more about family prepping.
- Learn your hurricane evacuation routes in your community and take stock of your surroundings so that you can plan how you’re going to get to safety. With your family; determine escape routes from your home and places to meet. Be sure to include any pets in your plan so you can all get out safely.
- Learning the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone will help you to know how your property will be affected when storm surge or tidal flooding are forecast.
- Create a safe room or panic room in the safest areas in your home and make sure everyone is aware of the safe rooms and when to go to each. It’s a good idea to pack any necessary supplies such as food and clean clothing in this room, or have your supplies within easy reach so they can be quickly and easily moved in time.
- Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911!! This is a good idea to do anyway, not just for Hurricanes.\
- Educate yourself and family. Take First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes as a family.
- Secure Your Home There are lots of things that you can do to make your home and yard more secure and able to withstand strong storms.
- Install a wind turbine or other electricity generator for emergencies.
- Online and Well Prepared app weather information for Before\During\After – There are web sites that can give you information about your communities vulnerability to specific hazards. These include hurricanes as well as other weather related hazards. Organizations like FEMA, the National Weather Service (NWS) and others can provide this information. The official Well Prepared application also provides real-time alerts for these types of storms and is free to download.
- Get all your families important papers and special photos in order and secure them in plastic. Make sure you include social security cards, birth certificates, titles or deeds to property, hurricane insurance policy if you have one and family photos. It’s a good idea to store these items in a secure location such as a basement or storm shelter.
- Make sure you have plenty of photos and/or videos of your property before the storm occurs. This often-overlooked step will help with insurance claims after the storm.
- Just in case you’re not able to stay with relatives in another town or safer area, find a few nearby hotels or motels in a nearby town or state. Keep in mind that these are sure to be in higher demand in the event of a hurricane, so it’s a good idea to keep their addresses and phone numbers handy for quick and easy booking.
- Pack a Hurricane Kit and add some extra supplies to it to be well prepared. ATM’s will be non-operating, so keeping some cash in your Hurricane Kit wouldn’t hurt, along with the following items: generator, batteries, flash lights, battery operated radio/television, bottled water, toilet paper, non-perishable foods such as cereal or crackers, canned goods, a can opener, a small cooler, candles, prescription medicines and any over-the-counter remedies you use regularly. If you have small children, also pack some baby food, diapers, baby wipes, and formula.
- Boredom can often cause anxiety and in emergency situations, this can cause some unnecessary difficulties. To remedy this problem, make sure you and your family have something to do when the power goes out, such as board or card games, crayons and coloring books, Nintendo 3DS or other portable game systems with extra battery packs, and a portable stereo with music.
- Everyone likes to think they’re tough. If you do decide to just tough it out and stay in your home during the storm, just make sure you’re not near any windows or doors and if at all possible stay in the basement until the storm blows over. Again, before any storm threat occurs, it’s important to stock up on emergency food as well as water supplies so you have the basic essentials needed to survive.