Hurricane season is well underway, and that means additional risks for those who live in high-risk areas like the East and Gulf coasts. If you live in a hurricane-prone area, being prepared can mean the difference between surviving and thriving during and after the storm.
While advancements in hurricane-tracking technology help to identify likely paths and potential damage factors, a high level of random, unpredictable activity can remain. And that can mean complete devastation if you aren't prepared.
Hurricane Watch vs. Hurricane Warning
The National Hurricane Center recommends those in areas under a 'hurricane watch' be prepared to experience storm conditions within 48 hours. Those under a 'hurricane warning' should expect sustained winds capable of reaching a minimum of 74 mph within 36 hours of the 'warning's issuance.
Once a hurricane is barreling down on your hometown, it can be hard to do anything except hunkering down. That's why hurricane preparedness is so important. It puts you in a strong position to not only minimize damage to your property and to help others more impacted by a disaster.
Before a hurricane hits
One of the most important things you can do to prepare before a hurricane hits is to follow news and weather reportstracking the system. Bookmarkauthority website pages or save radio stations to your playlist for easy access during the hectic pre-storm days and make sure to charge your cell phone fully.
Take a good inventory of your property and secure any loose items. Bring things like trash cans or bird feeders indoors or put in the garage.
Write an ''If We Get Lost" plan with your family. These simple what-do-to-if-you-get-lost lists can be of particular importance if you have young children or family members with cognitive issues. Identify an out of area contact -- a family member or friend in another county or part of the state unaffected by the weather warning. If anyone gets lost, they can contact this person to check-in. Additionally, designate a meeting place. If someone gets separated from your group, they'll know where to wait for you. Churches or other landmarks are common choices.
Gather preparedness supplies such as a first aid kit, water, flashlights, extra batteries, generator - don't forget fuel for the generator (sometimes in short supply once a hurricane warning has been issued or even inaccessible due to pumps requiring electricity). A small, portable, gasoline-free generator, like the Apex solar generator is a great off-grid power solution for hurricane season. If you're using a gasoline generator, remember never operate it indoors. Gasoline generators can cause dangerous levels of carbon dioxide to quickly build up inside, even if using near an open window.
During a hurricane
Once the storm hits, it's time to stay inside, keeping away from glass doors and windows that can shatter in high winds. Pass the time with a few good books, board games, toys, tablets, or even your television. The Apex can easily meet your essential needs powering smartphones, tablets, laptops, electric blankets, medical equipment, sump pumps, or even your tv. Creature comforts, like a TV, can help keep stressed children entertained and feel less afraid.
After a hurricane
Once the hurricane has passed, and it's safe to go outside again, one of the first things you'll need to do is assess any damages to your home or property.
Outside, carefully keep an eye out for any fallen wires or the smell of gas. If you notice any, take extra precaution and notify your local utility company.
If you've been separated from family, use your emergency family contact as a first point of contact. If you still can't connect,FEMA or the Red Cross can be great resources as they often set up phone numbers or in-person assistance to help families reunite.
If you've sustained some damage but are otherwise unharmed, you can begin the process of putting things back together even before the power is back on with a solar generator. Wet Vacs can help dry wet basements, and electric kettles can quickly boil hot water to cook or clean.
You can't control a hurricane but you can help reduce the impact a hurricane has on your family and your neighborhood. Protecting your family doesn't have to be hard, and it doesn't have to be expensive.
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