Is Your Family Prepared for a Hurricane?

Cathy's Tuesday Tip

Hurricane season officially runs from June to November, but the major hurricanes do not typically pose a threat until the later part of the season. As a hurricane lurchestoward the Gulf Coast, we should take the time to go over our disaster plan with our family. Even though this storm is only predicted to become a hurricane before making landfall,  several others storms have formed and may become more severe than Tropical Storm Gordon. Being aware of the potential danger is the first step in being prepared. Here are a few more ideas to ready your family for the upcoming threat. Hope you enjoy Cathy’s Tuesday Tip! ~Cathy

Emergency Kit

Everyone should have an emergency kit prepared at all times. You never know when it will be of use. This is an excellent time to go through it and be sure that everything is still in date and charged. Your kit should include water, food, and medications for at least three days as well as some cash, a first aid kit, a flashlight, batteries and any valuable documents that you may need if you evacuate. Having a portable generator and external batteries or portable chargers for your cell phone can be helpful. Plan for your pets as well.

hurricane seasonEvacuation

Once a decision has been made on where you will ride out the storm,  find the best route for evacuating. Your city may have an evacuation route planned already, and that might be your best/only option. If you do not plan on leaving, decide where you and your family will stay during the storm. If the weather is severe, it may be best for your family to gather in a safe interior room on the bottom floor of your house. Others may decide it best to evacuate to a shelter if their home offers insufficient safety.

Keep the Kids Informed

Children know when something is going on. You can explain to them what a hurricane is and that they will be safe. Showing them how to prepare and plan will help them feel more safe and secure. The kids can pack their emergency kit with a change of clothes, a favorite toy, a flashlight, and a few snacks. Make sure your emergency contact information is in your children’s pocket or with them somehow in case you are separated.

These are just a few tips to keep in mind when a storm is imminent. Being prepared is a year-long process. Keeping branches trimmed back and debris picked up off the ground will minimize damage from fall/flying objects. Making sure your insurance is up to date and that you have the appropriate coverage for your area will prevent headaches if there is damage. Keeping a flash drive with important documents and information will be helpful if the originals become damaged or lost. Staying informed and aware of the intensity of the storm will keep you ahead of the game. Be prepared and stay safe.