Hurricane season is here! The time to prepare for a hurricane is well before one shows up on the radar and is moving closer to your home. Taking some time now to prep will save you a lot of trouble down the road. Now is the time to prepare.
I Lived Through A Hurricane Harvey
When Hurricane Harvey came to town, I was told that my home was not in an evacuation zone. At 1am on the 3rd night of the storm, I was notified that we needed to evacuate within the next 6-8 hours and to expect 4 feet of water in our home. Many of the homes in my neighborhood were damaged. Fortunately, my home was spared, but I still had to evacuate with two small children and multiple pets. The lessons I learned can help you be prepared for this hurricane season and other disasters that might occur.
Hurricane and Other Disaster Tips
These tips will save you time, money, and countless headaches should a disaster strike in your area.
1) Discuss evacuation plans and routes with your family NOW.
Everyone needs a game plan that works best for their family. Having everyone on the same page prior to evacuating helps things go much smoother.
2) Make a checklist
Make a checklist of what you need to do before you leave town in the event of an evacuation. If you can make this list now with a clear head, you will be able to trust it when you are in a hurry. Have more than one copy of the list. Make sure all family members know where the list is kept.
3) Create a Hurricane Supply Kit
Make a Hurricane or Disaster Supply Kit that includes:
- Battery operated radio and a NOAA Weather Radio
- Flashlight & Extra batteries
- Cell phone, laptop/computer (external hard drive) and wall/car chargers
- Extra eye glasses/contacts
- Bottled water (1 gallon of water/daily/per person for 3-7 days)
- Non-perishable food and snacks
- Non-electric can opener
- Dry clothes & Bedding
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Games to pass the time
- Insurance information & Important documents
- First Aid kit
- Medications & copies of prescriptions
- Special products for babies, elderly and medically fragile family members
- Pet care items: food & water, crate, leashes, doggie waste bags, toys
- A roll of toilet paper & A roll of paper towels
4) Resume copies
Back up your resume and other important documents on a portable flash drive and keep one sealed in a ziplock bag inside the Hurricane Supply Kit. This way, reconstructing a resume from scratch in a time of hardship is totally avoided. You may also desire to keep one in another safe place, such as a safety deposit box.
5) Learn evacuation routes
Knowing what route will be used in advance is calming. Drive the route from your home when things are normal to familiarize yourself. Expect and prepare for traffic delays.
6) Gas in your car
Try to keep a full tank of gas in vehicles. The last thing you want to do is go to the station to fill up when disaster strikes. You want to be able to jump in your car and go.
7) Know Where to Find Information
One such site that gives all kinds of alerts is Emergency Alerts
Time Invested Now Will Save You Headaches
Spending a small investment of your time pulling things together now, before they are needed, will save you headaches, frustrations, money, time, and potential heartache down the road.
Hurricane season is here and we just never know when another big one might hit or some other disaster could occur. Don’t roll the dice with this one.
Make a Hurricane Supply Kit with your resume included in it this weekend.
Another Post of Interest
This post provides more information about what to do after the storm and who to contact for help.