The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, peaking mid-August and late October. Hurricanes can cause massive damage to property and result in lost of lives. The severity of these storms depends on many factors but most notable being the path of the storm, the intensity of winds, duration and amount of rain. It is important to get you and your family ready well ahead of the news media sounding all the alarms. Below are some suggested preparation tips for the season.
What you need:
- Know where to go if you are ordered to evacuate.
- Have a communication plan allowing family members to know each others whereabouts.
- Decide on a meeting place accessible to all family members.
- Know how to get alerts from local officials.
- Water: The recommendation is 1 gallon for each family member and a 3 day supply for each person.
- Non-perishable food: Have a 3-7 day supply of ready-to-eat canned foods for the household (and a can opener).
- Baby Needs: Food, diapers, formula and any ointments.
- Medications: The recommendation is a 7 day supply. Include medical supplies such as glucose strips.
- Pet food and supplies.
- Sanitation: Have a supply of personal hygiene products and anti-bacterial wipes.
- First Aid Kit: Have one for the home and one for each car in the household.
- Flashlight and extra batteries.
- Battery powered radio.
- Cash: Have cash on hand in the event ATMs are down.
- Blankets, clothing, socks and shoes.
- Keep cellphones charged.
- Fill up gas tanks.
- Have copies of important documents.
Everyone hopes for a quiet season but we do not control the weather. It only takes one hurricane to cause catastrophic damage to a community. Anyone who has lived through the damage of a weather event can share thoughts on feeling helpless while watching the weather run its course. Having suffered property damage from Hurricane Sandy, I understand the aftermath. Getting you and your family prepared will help make the effects of any storm more manageable.