Even though a record number of hurricanes have come and gone over the last few years, countless individuals still face many difficulties, such as property damage, insecurity, power outages, and more. Unfortunately, increased hurricane activity is becoming the new normal, so here are a few things you can do to prepare. Although these tips may seem obvious, new residents or people that haven’t been hit by a storm may not know what to do and should prepare an action plan. Having a plan in writing can clear your mind so you can focus on taking action. Major weather events are unpredictable and won’t wait for you to get ready.
To start, pay attention to your local weather news, especially during hurricane, tornado, and snowstorm seasons. The news will update you on the storm’s location and inform you of any orders to prepare or evacuate by local authorities. If local authorities say its unsafe and you need to evacuate, heed their warnings and get out!
Prepare Your Shelter and have an Evacuation Plan
When a storm is on its way, the first thing you should do is secure any exterior furniture or equipment by bringing it indoors, covering them with burlap or blankets and tying it down with rope. Next, protect windows, doors, skylights and other vulnerable points on your walls and roof. You can nail pieces of plywood to frames, or tape windows with masking tape to reinforce glass. Move vehicles into your garage or to higher ground away from street utilities and nature, where they will be less likely to be hit by downed powers lines and trees.
Next, make sure you prepare for anything that could happen during the storm. Fill your car’s gas tank in case you aren’t able to access gas after the storm. Charge your cellphone so you’re able to stay updated on the storm’s progress before, during, and after. Check that your generator is in working order, and make sure to have flashlights and lanterns available in case of power outages.
In addition, unplug appliances and put them into cabinets and out of the way of windows and doors. Store important documents where they won’t get wet or blown away, like in a safe or other secure space. If you’re able stay in your home, setup one room as a shelter room. A good shelter room is one that is an enclosed area and as close to the center of the house as possible and has the least number of unprotected windows and doors.
Lastly, make sure to have emergency supplies available. Such items can include but are not limited to:
- Non-perishable food
- Bottled water
- Extra batteries
- Portable radio
- Candles and Matches
- First aid supplies
- Materials and tools for emergency home repairs, like heavy plastic sheeting, plywood, a hammer, nails, a wrench, and more
If required to evacuate, you will need to bring these supplies with you. Make sure that you keep your emergency stash stocked throughout the year and pay attention to any expiration dates on food or batteries. Prior to evacuating, make sure you turn off all utilities, choose a single point-of-contact for everyone in your household, and, if applicable, make other logistical arrangements for your pets.
Power outages are very common during and after storms, so having a stash of flashlights and batteries will be essential. That being said, below is a sample list of items that will serve you well regardless of the situation.
Hopefully, this article will help you prepare for your next storm. Stay safe and be smart about protecting yourself and your home from nature’s wrath.
Stormproof Crank Radio Light
Critical when the power goes out, the Stormproof Crank Radio Light provides light, radio, and signal siren, giving you the light you need while staying informed of the latest news and weather. The built-in USB cable allows for a 2-hour quick charge. In the event of emergency, when no battery power or recharge power is available, one minute of crank power will provide 10 minutes of light or radio. The Crank Light will also charge your smart phone in an emergency. Water resistant and built with rugged construction, this light will stand up to the roughest storms. This light is great for home and outdoor use, camping, hunting, and emergency situations. Withstand the next storm with the Stormproof Crank Light.
Stormproof Crank Signal Light
Be prepared for anything nature throws at you with the Stormproof Signal Light. With a powerful 200 lumen flashlight on high and extended run times of 90 hours on low, this light is prepared for power outages. Made of waterproof and impact resistant materials, the signal light will give you peace of mind during a storm or emergency. Its integrated rubber grip makes it easy to hold in wet, slippery weather. Four light modes include high, low, high plus red glow, and red signal flasher. The emergency signal flasher is located in the tail of the light, allowing you to be seen and signal for help in the event of an emergency. A safety whistle is also built into the light’s body. Not just for storms and emergency situations, the Signal Light is equally prepared to accompany you on your next outdoor adventure. Four AA batteries are included
Stormproof 1000 Lumen Stow-Away Collapsible Lantern
Compact and bright the Stormproof 1000 Lumen Stow-Away Lantern is a great addition to any home preparedness kit. This lantern boast 36 hours of continues light in low mode and also includes safety signaling modes. The emergency USB power out is available in case you need an emergency charge for your phone. For added flexibility this lantern can run on 8AA batteries or 4AA batteries if you find yourself short on batteries.
Waterproof Two Person 72 Hour Dry Bag Survival Kit
The first 72 hours in a natural disaster emergency are critical for those needing rescue. Make sure you have food, water, and shelter while you wait for emergency services to arrive. Our 72 Hour Dry Bag Survival Kit has everything you will need to get you through those critical hours.