Living along the coastline is a dream for many, and it should be. It’s beautiful! In fact, there is also evidence that there is a link between living near the coast and good health! If you do live along the coast, however, you had better have a plan in place to prepare for severe weather, including hurricanes. Make sure that you and your family have a plan in case of an emergency and are ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
According to the National Hurricane Center there are two key factors contributing to weather safety during hurricanes:
- Preparing in advance for the risks
- Acting on those preparations when alerted by emergency officials
Hurricane Preparedness: What to Do Before a Hurricane
- Be ready to put your plan and preparation into action.
- Pay attention to local weather reports on radio, television, or the internet.
- Have house boarded up, or have storm shutters in place.
- Have plenty of food and water.
- Make sure all your tools, supplies, and first aid kit available for use.
- Have a secure room available.
Hurricane Preparedness: What to Do During a Hurricane
- Do not use the phone, or candles.
- Monitor Weather and Civil Service Bulletins on either regular or NOAA radio.
- Have supplies on hand such as flashlights, batteries, radio, etc.
- Remain indoors when the eye moves over your area because the storm will resume shortly.
Hurricane Preparedness: What to Do After a Hurricane
- Make sure that all is definitely clear outside, and the storm has completely passed before going out.
- Report downed power lines, and stay away from them.
- Use stored water and food.
- Be patient. Things will take a while before they get back to normal.
One of the most important things is listening to local officials for updates and instructions. Also, don’t forget to check-in with your family and friends by phone or social media. If you and your family had to evacuate the area and once the authorities indicated it is safe to return home – always watch for debris and downed power lines. Remember to never touch an active power line!
If your house or property has been damaged, photograph the damage, this will assist you when contacting the insurance company and restoration service companies like Jenkins Restorations. Before they are here to help you get back to normal — cover additional damage that occurs after the storm and do what you can to prevent further damage to your property, (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged roof).
The most important thing is that no one gets hurt!