Hurricane season is officially here and the National Weather Service is going nuts trying to remind people via social media to have a plan and get prepared BEFORE there’s a storm on the horizon. Forecasts for this year call for an above-average season, so I thought it would be a good idea to share basic preparedness tips.
1.) Have important phone numbers and account numbers handy.
- Electric company (+ account number)
- Car insurance company (+ account number)
- Home insurance company (+ account number)
- Gas company (+ account number)
- Non-emergency police
- Doctor’s office
- Important family & close friends (in case your phone is damaged)
You can store all of these numbers on a single sheet of paper in a zip-lock bag somewhere that’s easy to get to.
2.) Have important documents in a water-tight location.
I keep important documents with my list of phone numbers in a water-tight zip-lock bag.
- Birth certificates
- Insurance policies
- Social Security cards
3.) Gather supplies
- Non-perishable food (include items you can heat and items that don’t need to be heated)
- Sanitary items (hand sanitizer, feminine products, Clorox wipes)
- Dishwashing supplies (plastic tub, dish detergent, sponge)
- Paper supplies (paper towels, napkins, paper plates, plastic silverware)
- First Aid kit (or at least some Neosporin and bandaids)
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- Hurricane lamps and oil
- Cash (if card readers go down, you’ll only be able to use cash to get gas or other necessities.)
If you plan right, these are all supplies that you can keep in your normal rotation and use year-round. I like to consult my supplies list as soon as I hear that a hurricane *might* come our way and re-stock or refresh as needed. Usually, all I have to do is grab a couple extra gallons of water and an extra box of bandaids. Because hurricanes don’t usually level homes where we live, I don’t worry about making my kit mobile, but I would if a big enough storm were expected or if I lived in a location like Florida that gets hit much harder.
4.) Have a plan
Since everyone is usually home from school or work when they’re predicting a hurricane, our plan doesn’t involve a meeting place, BUT we do have a plan for the 24 hours leading up to the hurricane.
- Turn up the fridge and freezers – this way, if the power goes out, we won’t have to worry about food spoiling as quickly
- Make extra ice – Any available space in the freezer gets filled with ice
- Double check supplies & documents
- Get cash if needed
- Charge ALL electronics
- Wash laundry and dishes – because if the power goes out, it might be a while until you can use your washing machine or dish washer.
That’s our basic hurricane guide. Is there anything I missed that you do to get ready for a storm?