The season has started. Preparation is everything. When a Tropical Storm Warning has posted, please consider a jump start to securing your families safety. Here are a few more tips:
- Fill plastic containers 1/4″ shy from the top of the container, put the lid on and feed them in between your frozen foods/meats so it can make a solid block of ice helping to preserve your items for a longer period of time in the event you lose power. Leave them for the entire season.
- Make sure all vehicles are filled with fuel/gas. Want to avoid long lines and crowds? Be smart, be one of the first at your nearest gas station. It’s not like you won’t use the tank in your everyday travels once the storm passes.
- Secure all outside items. Not just the light ones. Everything. You might have the biggest, heaviest gas grill on the block but one hard gust of wind and you will be the one without a working grill when it’s knocked over.
- Speaking of gas grills……now would be a good time to not only make sure your tank is full but purchase a back up tank. Everyone can use a back up. It won’t go to waste. How many times have you or a friend been in the middle of a BBQ and ran out of propane?
- Layout blankets, pillows and pack clothes for several days for each person in your family in the event you have to evacuate. Every town has a laundry mat so pack lightly. You may need that extra space in your vehicle.
- Make up two (2) tool boxes. One for the house and one to put in the vehicle for evacuation. Sure you have everything in the garage at your finger tips. But when the pressure is on, that’s when you forget the most important tools you might need.
- Pack your important documents in case you have to leave your home. You don’t need to pack all of your insurance policies. Simply write down your policy numbers, the company name and their claims phone number on a piece of paper. This saves a lot of room for other important documents such as your medical records.
- Prepare a check list. List everything you will need to remember to put in your vehicle in the event of an evacuation. Preparation eliminates stress. It also prevents you from forgetting what’s important and necessary. A second check list should be made to help prepare those last minute needs to properly secure your home.
- Get cash before an evacuation is issued. Beating the crowds guarantees you will have money. At some point the banks will be closed and the ATM’s will be empty. When the storm passes you can always re-deposit that unused cash.
- Decide on the best time to secure your home and prepare to leave the area. Don’t wait until an evacuation is mandatory. That could be too late. We have never had a mandatory evacuation in this area, so we don’t know how long it could take. You don’t want to jeopardize your life or your families by waiting. We have all witnessed the tragedies that other areas have faced because the towns/cities were not prepared nor were the people of those towns/cities.
- Have a family meeting and review your storm plan and the responsibilities of each family member.
- In the event of an evacuation, turn off the water and electrical services to your home and lock all doors and windows.
Don’t forget that tent we talked about in Part I, “Are you prepared for a Hurricane?”
Never put your home before your life. A home and those things in a home can be replaced. You and your family members cannot.
Be smart. Be safe.