Thanks to advancements in technology, a weather monitoring system can forecast hurricanes and storm paths with accuracy. As it gathers strength, you must decide whether to stay home or evacuate the area. Here are four steps to take before the storm that are critical for surviving a hurricane.
1. Secure the Interior of Your Home
Flooding is a concern in storm areas. Reduce the damage by moving furniture and valuables to the upper stories. Unplug and secure small appliances. Make sure you know how to turn off the utilities and do so if local authorities issue an advisory. If you have not built a safe room specifically for this purpose, go to the safest place in your home. This is typically an interior room.
2. Secure the Exterior of Your Home
Minimize damage from airborne branches and debris by trimming trees and shrubs. Clear the rain gutters and use 5/8-inch plywood to cover the windows, doors and garage door. Check the roof for loose tiles or ripped shingles. Use clips and straps to secure the roof once any needed repairs are made and seal the areas where wiring or cables come into the house.
3. Stock Up on Emergency Supplies
Make sure you have non-perishable food and water for at least three days. Medical supplies should include antiseptic and bandages. A battery-powered radio and access to the emergency alert software to keep you informed. Flashlights with extra batteries and a whistle to call for help are also crucial to have.
4. Know When to Leave
The forecast from a weather monitoring system becomes more detailed the closer the hurricane gets to landfall. Even if you have prepared to stay home, if there is an evacuation order due to increased storm severity, you must leave. Prepare for this possibility by packing essentials and filling the gas tank.
The best way to prepare is to plan for the worst and be ready to leave at a moment’s notice. Contact us for more information on preparing for severe weather conditions.