Be Prepared for Hurricane Season

HurricaneThe Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1, 2015 and will end on November 30, 2015. Hurricanes are one of many fierce natural disasters. They consist of rotating storm systems with a low-pressure center. They are associated with heavy rain, strong winds, and damaging storm surge. When the hurricanes season starts, most people are always caught unaware because they may not take storm miles away serious. However, all hurricanes should be taken serious. It is a matter of life and death for you and your loved ones. The best way to make it through a hurricane is preparation.

A hurricane can take days before striking an inhabited area and due to advancement in technology you will have enough time to prepare for it. Here are some hurricane preparations tips you need to consider before one starts churning in the waters near your home:

Gather non-perishable foodnon-perishable food, water, and medicine for at least three days per person. Examples of non-perishable foods are: canned, freeze fried, dry goods, and dehydrated foods. Three days’ worth of these items will help sustain your household.

If you are under medication, make sure you are supplied with the prescription drugs you or your family members take. You can ask your doctor for 90 day prescriptions if needed. Some insurers will not honor refills until the last one is almost used up, you may want to consider purchasing the drugs without insurance, but that may be costly.

Note: Don’t forget about your pets. Make you have enough medicine, food, and water for them as well.

Prepare your emergency kit. Anything is possible during a hurricane season. Water may enter your house or there can be a power outage. Make sure your kit has at least some of the following items:

flash light and batteries

toiletries

manual can opener

cell phone and charger

sleeping bags and/or blankets

battery powered radio

cash

medicines and first aid supplies ( hydrogen peroxide, bandages, petroleum jelly, etc.)

baby supplies ( if you have a baby)

matches and/or lighter

feminine supplies

activities to keep small children busy

bleach for disinfectant

Check your home and auto insurance. To get sufficient coverage, it is advisable to check with your insurance agent regarding your coverage when tragedy strikes. Your coverage should include every accident that comes with the hurricane.

Make sure you also do your due diligence in securing your property. Secure outdoor furniture, utilize sand bags if you are prone to flooding, and board windows and door, if you are in an area that can be directly impacted. You should also report flood or property damage for maintenance or repair as soon as possible.

Prepare to evacuate. Although evacuation may not be necessary during a hurricane, it is important to know where the evacuation centers are. You should also know various routes in case the hurricane damages one.

To learn more information about hurricane preparation. Please visit www.ready.gov.

 

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