No thanks to climate change, hurricanes are becoming bigger and fiercer. It is never fun to experience one but you know they are coming. Below are some home prep tips to do now before one fast approaches your state!
1. Move outdoor stuff indoors.
Gather the barbecue, lawn furniture, garden tools, toys and other outdoor objects you have and move them inside for protection.
2. Pack basic storm kits.
If electricity and basic services get cut for 48 hours due to the hurricane, what will your family need to survive? Pack all these inside your storm kit. Good choices are three-day water supply, two-days worth of food, blankets, batteries, and whistles.
3. Get a generator and prepare gas.
A generator will save you in case of an extended power outage. Just manage your gas properly. A 5,500-watt generator will run about eight hours on five gallons of gasoline so use it mindfully.
4. Find the water, gas, and power shut-off.
Every member of the family should know where and how to turn off your water, electricity, and gas. Wait to turn off your gas until local officials tell you to do so.
5. Protect your windows and doors.
If you live in the hurricane belt, brace your windows and doors to secure them. The last thing you want is parts of your home blowing away in a bad storm.
6. Unplug electric appliances.
Unplug your appliances if the power is suddenly cut. This protects them form a power surge once it is restored.
7. Prepare flashlights and extra batteries.
You want to store these in a box and place it in an accessible area. You do not want to be fumbling in the dark when you need your flashlights the most.
8. Elevate your furniture.
In case of a really bad hurricane, consider moving your furniture to higher ground to protect them from floods.
9. Add insurance documents to your storm kit.
Of course, you do not want to use these, but in case of damages, it is best to have your home insurance documents readily available for claims and assistance.
10. Have a plan for your pets.
Before the hurricane barrels through your state, determine what to do with your pets. Find a local shelter that can possibly take your pet or consider microchipping your pet to protect against getting lost.