Hurricane Preparation 2014

140705-hurricane-arthur-819a_292ceb2e46295f7af0db9a42b43bdf6dHurricane season is upon us, and this year is promising some action. If you’re at risk of being affected by a hurricane, then it’s important that you’re prepared in advance. Being prepared will help to minimize the risk of property damage and bodily injury.

You’ll want to be prepared to either evacuate or have an effective shelter to protect you from the storm surge.

Knowing your evacuation route can help you relocate to a safe place before the storm hits. Having backup evacuation routes is also a good idea should your first choice be either blocked off or jammed with traffic.

Have an emergency kit ready at all times. Include essentials like first aid, bottled water, flashlights, and batteries. Develop a communication plan to help you and your family stay coordinated and in contact.

Whether you’re staying sheltered or wish to return immediately after the storm, having a portable generator can really help make your life easier. After the storm has passed, power will be out, and you’ll likely be left with a cleanup project. Cleaning up and restoring your home to its previous state will be much easier if you have a power source to provide lighting, power pumps and fans, and keep your most important appliances running.

In case of a hurricane, tune into your local Emergency Alert System using television or radio. Keep your cell phone on you, because many carriers now will alert you to approaching weather hazards.

Having an emergency generator will be a necessity when returning home after a hurricane. Power often times isn’t restored for at least several days. Local stores usually sell out of generators very quickly in these cases, so the best bet is to buy online from a site that will deliver to you in a timely manner.

Also, since most emergency generators run on gasoline, you will want to stock up on some tanks of gasoline in advance to be sure you aren’t fighting people for a pump in the event of a hurricane. It can take a while for trucks to deliver more gas to an area affected by a hurricane, so fill a few cans and add fuel stabilizer if it’ll be sitting long.

An even better alternative is to install a standby generator that runs on natural gas or propane. This way you won’t have to worry about getting gas in an emergency at all. Standby generators will power your home automatically when the power goes out. Plus, some gas stations won’t have electricity either, meaning their pumps will not work. 

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