We’ve found that, in life, the best way to protect against the worst from happening is to be prepared for it! To that end, as Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolina’s and will certainly extend it reach far beyond, we wanted to remind you that a little preparation can go a long way. To help, we’ve compiled a list of helpful tips on storm preparation
Stock Up! If you needed to live in your home for a few days, without water or power, what kinds of things would you need? Don’t worry, we’ve prepared an Emergency Weather Checklist to get your started
If it’s not bolted down, bring it in! Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture). If you have outdoor propane tanks (such as for a grill) make sure it is turned off at the tank
Close up! Make sure all windows, doors and hurricane shutters are closed and latched. If you do not have hurricane shutters, you could consider closing and boarding up all windows and doors with plywood.
Prepare the refrigerator and freezer. By turning it to the coldest setting and keeping it closed as much as possible, the food will last longer if the power goes out.
Fill up! Make sure your vehicle’s gas tank is topped off.
Have a plan to evacuate. Planning and practicing your evacuation plan with your family minimizes confusion and fear during the event.
Learn about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs as required and make plans for your pets to be cared for. Plan ahead and practice so that your evacuation is safe, smooth and fast. In an emergency you may have only a few minutes to gather your important papers and leave your home, possibly for good. If you have pets, be sure to identify shelters where animals will be welcome before a storm is imminent.
Watch the road! Be careful to avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges. Standing water can be deceivingly dangerous, as it can be hard to tell how deep it really is and the condition of the road beneath. As little as 6 inches of water is enough to hit the bottom of most passenger cars and once the exhaust pipe gets flooded, your not going anywhere. And 12 inches of moving water is enough to sweep most vehicles off the road.
Listen to the authorities. If a decision is made to evacuate your area, DO IT! If the storm wants to cause damage, there’s little you can do to stop it. No property is worth risking your life or the lives of your family.
As someone famous once said, hope for the best, plan for the worst!