Emergency Items Checklist: How to Prepare for a Hurricane
It seems like every year, the U.S. faces an onslaught of severe storms, primarily hurricanes. If you live an in area vulnerable to these types of storms, you must prepare to act in the event of an emergency.
This means coming up with a strategy and planning ahead. Your entire family or household needs to be on the same page so you can act quickly and efficiently when the time comes.
Furthermore, you need to make sure you have all the supplies you need. Keep reading for everything you need to do to prepare for a hurricane.
Do What You Can to Secure Your Home
First, you’ll know in advance if a hurricane is heading your way. One of the most important things to do before a hurricane hits is to secure your home, even if you end up evacuating.
Board up windows, put personal or sentimental items in waterproof containers, etc. If you’re worried about recovering financially, read this Better Flood article to learn more about insurance coverage.
Be Ready to Evacuate
Next, don’t be a hero. Be ready to evacuate if the situation calls for it. We know how horrible it would feel to leave your home and the majority of your possessions behind.
However, sticking around could be fatal. To properly prepare for a hurricane, you must be able to leave on a moment’s notice.
Prepare Your Hurricane Supply Checklist
Now, let’s talk about the list of items to prepare for a hurricane. Even if your home is out of the path of destruction, supply chains can break, you can lose power, etc.
Here are the essentials you’ll want to have on hand. However, these should also be easily accessible and ready to pack in a car, should you need to leave the area.
1. Food and Water
Humans can’t go long without food and water. Assuming we’re properly hydrated, we could live without food for a few weeks. However, we can’t survive more than a week without water. If you’re trying to do anything physical, these time frames decrease drastically.
Make sure you set aside plenty of water and high-calorie foods.
2. First Aid Supplies
Another essential item on your preparedness checklist is a first aid kit. You never know what’s going to happen, especially if there’s a lot of pandemonium while people are evacuating. You need to be ready to treat minor and major wounds whether you’re sticking around or leaving.
3. Emergency Supplies
Your hurricane checklist should also include emergency supplies, such as:
- Extra batteries
- Duct Tape
- Plastic sheeting
Once again, these items need to be easily accessible. They also need to be located in an area (like the garage) where they can quickly be loaded into a vehicle.
4. Communication Necessities
Finally, you’ll need to be able to communicate with the outside world should you get stranded at your home or somewhere on the road. Make sure you have multiple cellphones, chargers, and sources of power (solar chargers).
You should also look into getting two-way radios and other communicative devices should cell-towers be destroyed and your signal lost.
Need More Tips on How to Prepare for a Hurricane or Other Home Advice?
We can’t stress enough how important it is to prepare for a hurricane before it happens, though we hope you never have to experience it first-hand. However, you can never be overly-prepared, especially if you live in an area prone to tropical storms.
If you’re looking for more advice about home-improvement or preparedness, be sure to check out some of our other articles before you go. Our blog is dedicated to helping homeowners like you live better lives.