Waiting until the last minute to prepare for a hurricane is a risk that’s not worth taking. Having a basic hurricane protection plan can save you time, money and a lot of worry in the future. Have a look at these five tips to secure your family and belonging in the event of a natural disaster:
1. Have an evacuation plan
Contact the National Disaster offices to find you nearest emergency shelter. If you have pets, check to see it they’re allowed into the shelter. If not, contact your local humane society for information on animal shelters. It’s also worth having an evacuation plan in case the hurricane is heavier than expected. Have an out-of-state friend or family member that your family can contact in case you get separated.
2. Stock up on essential disaster supplies
Assemble an emergency supply kit in case you need to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Motor vehicles should also be filled up in preparation. It’s advisable to keep at least a month’s worth of non-perishable items in the your pantry, as well.
3. Gather important documentations
Make copies of important documents and keep them in a sealed, waterproof pouch in your emergency kit so they are with you even if your home is destroyed. This precaution will save you hours of effort and stress needed to get back to normal after a disaster. But don’t make the mistake of running back to a damaged house to search for these things. Remember, personal belongings are replaceable but people are not.
4. Review your insurance policies
Check that your home and auto insurances are up to date. In case any damages were to happen, make sure you and your family are completely covered.
5. Consider installing a backup generator
Hurricanes can cause power outages. Don’t be caught in the dark without light, AC, Internet, hot water and electrical appliances. A home generator can keep your house powered for more than a week, to keep you and your family safe and comfortable.