Hurricane Preparation Guide, Tips and List

As hurricane season 2013 fast approaches, it’s important to be prepared to eliminate you risks. Your main objective, of course, is to keep your family and yourself safe. Material and physical possessions should be of secondary importance. Below is a short list to help you stay safe this hurricane season.

Protect your car: If you have a garage, now’s the time to use it! If you must be parked on the street or in your driveway, it’s important to have the right insurance protection. Comprehensive insurance should be added to protect your automobile.

Items to carry in your car:

  • Spare tire
  • Flash Light
  • Jack
  • Booster Cables
  • Water

Hurricane Shutters: Hurricane shutters can be the most cost effects hurricane and storm protection your money can buy. Hurricane shutter are very economical as compared to hurricane windows and take less time to install. While hurricane shutters provide short term hurricane and storm solutions, they are not as nice looking as hurricane windows.

Pros of Hurricane Shutters:

  • Inexpensive to buy and install
  • Removable protection
  • Strong and durable

Cons of Hurricane Shutters:

  • Storage is needed when not installed
  • Difficult to install sometimes
  • Heavy and needs proper maintenance

Pets and Animal Protection: Keep pets indoors during hurricane and storm alerts. Be sure to have plenty of water and food for your pets and the proper IDs and vaccinations.

Stay safe in your Home: It’s important to stay away from windows in your home. Even if you have impact windows or shutters installed, they can still become unhinged and fly through the air.

In two-story homes, the safest place and the strongest, is the stairwell. So finding an enclosed closest near the stairwell is a good bet.

Supply Checklist:

  • Make sure you have these items on hand in your safe place:
  • Food, can opener and water
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight, radio and batteries
  • Mattress and blankets
  • Cellular phone