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What does that mean exactly? What are the necessary steps
that should be taken for hurricane preparedness?
are usually on hand but should be stocked up and easily accessible. If it
turns out the hurricane has changed its path, at least you will have known
you were ready.
If your city or town is in imminent danger of a
hurricane, most likely evacuation announcements have been made, and should
be taken seriously. Here is a checklist to consider before you leave:
get important papers and special photos in order and secured in
plastic. Identification is difficult and time-consuming to replace: so be
sure to include social security cards, birth certificates, high school
diplomas or GED certificates, titles or deeds to property. Photos of
special occasions or loved ones cannot be replaced, so including these is
important as well.
2. Think ahead and take video or
photos of your property before you leave. This will help later on with
any insurance checklist claims for damage that may need to
3. If staying with relatives is not an option,
consider booking a room in a hotel or motel in another nearby town or
state. Make sure to get directions and put them in the car ahead of time.
It is easy to forget that piece of paper in the rush out the door. A
cheaper route might be to find temporary hurricane shelters. Usually
nearby towns not in the direct path of the hurricane will provide these
for people in need.
Unfortunately, it is unlikely that your pet will have a place in a
motel or hotel. Keep this in mind and try to find alternate housing
for your loved one until it is safe to return, or check out pet-friendly
hotels in your area.
5. Designate a spot, in the hall
closet, to keep a bag of clothes for each person in the household.
Make sure to include sleeping gear if you plan on going to a temporary
with overnight clothes, consider stocking your Hurricane Kit with the
following: extra cash, generator, batteries, flash lights, battery
operated radio/television, bottled water, toilet paper, non-perishable
foods such as cereal or crackers, canned goods, can opener, a small
cooler, candles, prescription medicines and any over-the-counter remedies
you use regularly; and if you have small children - diapers, baby wipes,
formula, baby food.
7. Count on the power being out for
at least a day or two. Remember that ATM's will be non-operating, so
have at least some hard cash in your Hurricane Kit (see no. 6, above) to
see you through the storm.
When TV and computer
games no longer operate, board games or a deck of cards come in handy!
Arts and crafts, crayons and downloadable coloring pages are always great
distractions for the kids - so make sure you've stored some of these
supplies in a tote bag or in the car trunk.
8. If you
decide to tough out the storm, stay downwind in your home. This
means if the wind is hitting the living room windows, go to the room
opposite the living room.
9. Plywood is a 'hot'
commodity for those of who decide to stay. Boarding up windows that
will take the brunt of the wind and rain is the wisest decision. If board
is not available, protect your windows from the wind by criss-crossing
them with layers of duct or packing tape. This will be enough protection
for light-to-medium winds, but learning how to build and install plywood hurricane shutters is
your safest bet. If you can afford it, have them installed by a
10. Finally, STAY INSIDE. However
tempting it may be to videotape or take photos of the storm, be sure to
shoot from indoors - where it's safe, and dry!
serious business. Weather forecasters can only predict so much. Educate
yourself and stay on top of weather updates in your area. There is no harm in being
overly cautious. In most cases where a hurricane is concerned, it truly is
better to be safe than sorry.
Link: Randy Bell's