History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.
Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. These things add up to real trouble and without a disaster plan your family or business may have trouble ahead.
Here’s are a few things people often overlook when preparing for a storm:
1. Know how to report a power outage – pre-programming the power company’s number into your mobile phone is always a good idea, chances are your home phone relies on an outlet to work. It’s also a good idea to make sure your mobile phone is fully charged before the storm hits.
2. Set your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings – If there is a power outage, the food will last a bit longer.
3. Get some extra cash and fill up your automobiles gas tanks – These aren’t secrets, but get started early to avoid long lines at the filling station.
4. Make meal plans and stock provisions that will keep over time – With widespread power outages, restaurants may be closed and travel may be dangerous. (Don’t forget the pet food!)
5. Have (extra) emergency supplies on hand – Flashlights, extra batteries & can openers you know about – but don’t forget about bug spray, paper plates, plastic utensils and propane for the grill.
6. Insurance contact information – Make sure you know how to get in touch with your agent or insurance company to get the claims process started if you have damage. Keeping a thumb drive with insurance policies, photo’s and receipts will help speed up the adjustment process.
7. Don’t forget the medicine – Always ensure that you and your family has an ample supply of necessary medications prior to a storm, chances are the pharmacy may be without power and may be unable to fill your prescriptions should the need arise.
While this is by no means an exhaustive list of things to consider, many people over look them in the frenzy of preparing for a storm. There are many places around the net that will guide you through the process of implementing a disaster plan, take some time now to put one into place. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.