Pack Everything Inside – One of the most important steps is preventing anything from your yard from flying into your home if the storm has high wind speeds. Picking up backyard furniture, and objects and putting them into a storage unit or your garage will keep them from being carried by heavy winds. The hazard with leaving them in their place is that they may be swept up by the wind and crash through the window of your home or business.
Pack A Basic Emergency Kit – You don’t need to have an intricate bunker to be prepared for any storm that comes through your window. A first-aid kit is a great start, but your emergency kit should be a more advanced version of that. When a hurricane, tornado, or thunderstorm comes through your town, you’ll need sustainable food and items in case of a power outage or winds blocking you from leaving your home.
Have an Evacuation Plan in Place – In the off-chance that you’ll need to evacuate wherever you are, guarantee that what you have in mind is full-proof for you and your family. Most cities have information online on their own evacuation plan that involves local law enforcement, hotlines to contact, and the safest buildings in your area for you to take shelter. Do your research to stay as informed as possible.
The most important aspect to making it through a storm, whether it’s your first time or you’re experienced, is the preparation done beforehand. The hurricane season runs strong from June to November, but everyone should be ready for anything to happen at any time. As we move further into those months, it’s crucial to follow a few common tips to keep you on your toes.
Think Ahead of Time – If nothing else, get started with the small stuff before the storm comes through your town. Procrastinating anything will only hurt you in the long run, leaving you without enough food or batteries or gas for your vehicle. If you have children, pets, or other people living in your home, making preparations for them will save you time later on!