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Posted on: June 1, 2023

It's Hurricane Season - Be Prepared

Photo of a Hurricane

Hurricanes are some of the most destructive natural disasters that can occur. When a hurricane is approaching, it is essential to prepare for it. Being prepared for a hurricane can help you and your family stay safe during the storm and reduce any damage to your home. 

Here are some tips on how to prepare for a hurricane.

Gather Supplies

Having the right supplies on hand before a hurricane hits is critical for your safety. Gather enough non-perishable food, water, and batteries to last at least three days in case you are unable to leave your home. Make sure you have flashlights, blankets, emergency kits, first aid items, and other supplies that could be beneficial during an emergency. Consider obtaining sandbags or tarps in case there is flooding in your area because these can help protect your home from water damage.

Secure Your Home

When preparing for a hurricane, one of the most important things you can do is secure your home against strong winds and flooding. This means bringing in any outdoor furniture or decorations that could be damaged by strong winds or flying debris. You should also check around your property for any loose items like trash cans or branches that could be swept away by strong winds. Finally, make sure all windows are properly sealed and reinforced if possible as this will help keep out rainwater and wind-borne debris from entering your home.

Have an Evacuation Plan

In some cases, it may be necessary to evacuate before a hurricane arrives due to its severity or potential path of destruction. In these cases, having an evacuation plan ahead of time can make the process much smoother and less stressful. Determine which route you will take if you need to evacuate and where you will go once you reach safety – either another location within driving distance or an evacuation shelter if one is available in the area. It’s also important to have copies of important documents such as birth certificates, passports, etc., stored in a waterproof container so they won’t be lost in any potential flooding from the storm surge associated with hurricanes .

Preparing for a hurricane requires careful planning and dedication but doing so can save lives during major storms like hurricanes . By gathering essential supplies , securing your home , and creating an evacuation plan ahead of time , you can ensure that both yourself and your family stay safe during these potentially dangerous weather events . Taking these steps beforehand will give you peace of mind when faced with powerful storms like those associated with hurricanes .

For more information visit the National Hurricane Center website.

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