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How to Prepare for a Hurricane

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Prepare for a Hurricane Hurricane Florence view from Space

Hurricane season is fast approaching. Here are some tips on how to better prepare yourself for a hurricane or large storm.

  1. Listen to NOAA Weather alerts to stay informed.
  2. Regularly prune dead branches from trees and cut down any dead trees in order to minimize damage.
  3. Prepare a disaster kit and a first aid kit and store it in an easily accessible location.
  4. Put documents, valuables and clothing in water proof bags.
  5. Store at least 1 gallon of water per person per day for at least 5 days.
  6. Store at least a 5 day supply of non-perishable food.
  7. Make sure you have a flash light.
  8. Extra Batteries.
  9. Manual can opener.
  10. Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
  11. Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert.
  12. Reinforce doors and windows with wooden panels nailed down if you don’t have shutters.
  13. Bring inside any object that may be caught up by the wind. These items may become dangerous projectiles if not taken inside or secured.
  14. Bring pets inside and safely house them inside their pet carriers.
  15. Follow safety instructions on the radio or television.
  16. If evacuation orders are issued by authorities, act quickly.
  17. Switch off power supply and unplug electrical appliances.
  18. Limit any traveling. If you must go out, be sure to contact family or friends and let them know where you are going.

For more information on how to prepare for a hurricane, please visit https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

Did you like these tips? Is there something you would like to add to the list? Leave a comment below with any additional tips or ideas. One can never be too prepared.

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