The month of June is here, and what does that mean for us down in the south (besides stifling heat and swarms of bugs)? It means Hurricane Season has begun!
From now until November, meteorologists’ eyes are on the Atlantic, watching for these powerful storms to form. At their strongest, hurricanes can produce winds up to 156 MPH or more! These winds, combined with towering storm surges and merciless rains, can cause widespread catastrophic damage. With all this deadly potential, it’s no surprise that the hurricane ranks as the second most dangerous natural disaster on earth.
Too often, people underestimate a coming storm and end up under-prepared when it hits. This can lead to frustration and discomfort if you are trapped in your home for days at a time and even result in life-threatening danger. To help you be better prepared for this hurricane season, we created the ultimate disaster supplies checklist, plus some extra tips on how to prepare for the storm. Check it all out below:
The Dauber Stopper Home Care Team’s Disaster Prep Checklist
- Water—it is recommended to have one gallon per person per day—and don’t forget to make sure have enough water for your pets too
- Non-perishable food—canned fruits & veggies, peanut butter, cereal, bread, granola bars, chips, and crackers are all great non-perishable food ideas
- Manual can opener—if you normally use an electric can opener, make sure you have a manual one on hand!
- Disposable plates and silverware—you don’t want to waste your water supply on washing dishes
- Lighter or matches
- First Aid Kit—several sizes of adhesive bandages, alcohol wipes, cotton pads, gauze, anti-bacterial gel or cream, etc.
- Toilet paper
- Moist towelettes
- Chlorine bleach
- Garbage bags—if you use these for personal sanitation, you may want ties to secure the bags, as well
- Charging packs for cell phones
- Bedding supplies for pallets—if you are without electricity (and air conditioning), you may want to sleep in the most open and well-ventilated room in the house
- Waterproof, portable container for important documents—you can also save these documents electronically ahead of time
- Fire extinguisher
- Wrench—use this to turn off your gas or water lines if necessary
- Whistle or signal flare—use this to signal for help if you are trapped
- Non-electronic entertainment—take advantage of the opportunity to read, play games, or do puzzles with your family
Prepare Yourself AND Your Home
- Sign up for severe weather alert notifications specific to your town or region on your mobile device so you can stay up to date on any emergency warnings.
- Make sure you know your local evacuation route ahead of time, as well as places where you can seek shelter if necessary.
- Ensure your vehicles have full tanks of gas and are in good working order in case you need to evacuate.
- Pack a small bag for each member of your family—plus pets—filled with necessities in case of evacuation.
- Take pictures of the inside and outside of your house. This is important for if you need to file an insurance claim!
- Purchase a generator, if you don’t have one already.
- Cut down or trim trees and branches that could fall or be blown onto your home.
- Clean your drains and gutters so they don’t flood or clog in the rain.
- Bring inside any outdoor furniture, décor, or other items that could be blown away.