A hurricane is defined as a storm with a violent wind, in particular a tropical cyclone in the Caribbean. These storms gather strength when water is warm and the start of June began the season of the hurricane. Hurricane season affects mostly coastal states, with Florida leading the way in touchdowns. Eastern coastal states round out the list, but the threat remains when you live inland. High winds and heavy rain can wreak havoc on your surroundings if you live near Hurricane Alley. Here are a few tips to managing hurricane season safely.
Create a Kit
For any natural disaster, expect a loss of power and scarce resources. Have a specific location for supplies, a hurricane season preparedness kit. Make sure your kit contains:
- Bottled Water, at least a gallon per person in your home
- Non-perishable food, Meals-Ready-to-Eat (MREs) are a great option. Sold in bulk, these will last for years and are impervious to moisture, animals, and mold.
- First Aid kit
- Copies of important documents, like licences, insurance cards, and deeds. Keep in a waterproof case or bag.
Pack these in a backpack that is stored in an easy to reach area, off the ground and away from windows. Think, under a guest bathroom sink or a hallway closet.
Keep Photographic Evidence
Make sure you have up to date insurance and be aware of your flood zone. For insurance purposes, make sure you take pictures around your house before the storm occurs, include pictures of your car. Photos of the exterior, roof, and interior can help get your insurance claim handled faster when you have physical proof of damage. This can help with state claims, supplementary income that is available after some natural disasters.
Know When And Where To Leave
Hurricanes are a tricky business, they tend to shift course several times, grow and shrink in size and power, before they ever touch land. Knowing when and where you will leave if you do is important. Reach out to relatives, book rooms in hotels ahead of the rush, consider hotels that are pet-friendly if you have four-legged family members. Airbnb hosts have a history of offering free accommodations during hurricane season if your budget doesn’t allow for an emergency vacation. Remember that if and when you decide to leave, there will be plenty of traffic and shortages of gas. Try to stock up on food and gas before you depart to insure you will make it to your destination. A car stranded on the side of the road will only add to the stressful situation.
A hurricane is a natural disaster that, luckily, we can track. We can prepare as much as possible in the upcoming months, keeping ourselves and everyone around us safe. Follow these tips and look to the National Hurricane Center for updated storm tracking.