Storm and Hurricane Preparedness

Palm trees in hurricane

A Checklist of What to Do - and What to Buy - to Ready your Home and Family

As hurricane watches turn into hurricane warnings, it becomes ever more important to prepare your home and your family for the storm. Bringing high winds up to 110 mph, heavy rains, storm surges, flooding, and rip currents with them, hurricanes necessitate thorough research, good planning, and strong presence of mind.

Maintaining your presence of mind amid storm conditions can be challenging, so we put together a basic checklist of actions and items that will help protect you, your family, and your home from the devastating effects of hurricanes and tropical storms.

Disaster go-bag

1. Make a To-Go Bag

Put together a bag of supplies you can grab at a moment’s notice. Key items include:  

Generac Portable Generator

2. Stock Your Home with Disaster Essentials

During and after a storm, you may lose power and access to water for several days. Prepare for a hurricane by stocking your home with essentials to last you for 3 – 5 days. Key items include: 

  • Bottled water
  • Flashlights (Do not use candles, at they may cause a fire)
  • Battery-powered radio (Weather radios are best) 
  • Extra batteries
  • Multipurpose tool, with pliers and a screwdriver 
  • First aid kit (Including latex gloves, sterile dressings, soap, antibiotic ointment, burn ointment, adhesive bandages, eye wash, thermometer, aspirin, anti-diarrhea tablets, antacids, laxatives, small scissors, tweezers, and petroleum jelly)
  • Can opener
  • Small fire extinguisher
  • Emergency blanket
  • Whistles
  • Medications and vitamins 
  • Map of the area
  • Camera (This can help to document storm damage)
  • An extra set of house keys
  • An emergency ladder to evacuate the second floor
  • External cell phone battery or power bank
  • Family contact information

Boarding up a home for hurricane prep

3. Secure Your Home

Check your roof for loose shingles and damaged areas that could be exacerbated by strong winds. Make sure you have the proper tools and supplies to brace your home for the storm. Key items include: 

Tune In

4. Tune In and Communicate

Power lines can fail and phone lines can become overloaded in hurricane conditions. Sign up for text alerts and warnings, try texting for speedier communication, and use “Marked Safe” features on Social Media to let loved ones know you’re OK. 

During a storm, communication is paramount. Key items include: 

  • Cell phone
  • External cell phone battery or power bank
  • Battery-powered radio (Listen to the news to understand when it’s safe to go outside. Calm weather doesn’t mean the storm has passed)
  • Pre-decided evacuation route

Home

5. Prepare Your Home for the Future

Build hurricane-resistant features into your home to help protect it from future hurricanes and storms. Key items include: 

  • Secure double entry doors
  • Wind-resistant garage doors
  • Trees and plantings that are less prone to uprooting
  • Hurricane-specific windows and trimmings
  • A safe room

Flood Insurance

6. Consider Flood Insurance

To help protect your family and the home you share, review your homeowners insurance thoroughly. Standard homeowners insurance often does not cover flooding from hurricanes and storm surges, but flood insurance does. To learn more about available flood insurance, visit www.floodsmart.gov.

Thoughtful preparation can help prevent tragedy amid disaster. You can purchase many of the key items listed for hurricane preparation from doitbest.com or your local Do It Best store.




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