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Hurricane Preparedness in 2020

Hurricane Preparedness in 2020: What to do to Prepare for a Hurricane

Those of us who live in low-lying areas already have a general idea of how to prepare for hurricane season, but 2020 looks a little bit different than it ever did before. But you need to know how to weather the storm, so to speak, no matter what’s going on in the world. We can help.

Hurricane Preparation Checklist

Always pay close attention to the guidelines provided by local officials as well as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as hurricane season unfolds. FEMA’s website can be extremely helpful when figuring out how to navigate hurricane season. Here are some of the most important things to do in the off-season.

  • Create a home emergency kit (more information below) months ahead of time
  • Create a go bag (more information below) months ahead of time
  • Know the evacuation routes in your area
  • Design an evacuation plan for you and your pets
  • Let your loved ones know your plan well in advance
  • Look into acquiring flood insurance if you don’t already have it
  • Install or replace storm shutters on your home
  • Clean and inspect your gutters, extend downspouts if needed
  • Secure and cover outdoor décor, grills and patio furniture
  • ​Keep your gas tank full if there is a severe storm in the forecast
  • Secure and lock garage doors and windows
  • Invest in a backup power solution

Items to Prepare for Hurricane Season

In the event of a hurricane or severe tropical storm, you will have to respond in one of two ways: either hunker down at home, potentially with no electricity, or evacuate. Always follow all evacuation orders and guidelines provided by your state and local government. If there is no mandatory evacuation, you may opt to stay home. Here’s what you’ll need to have on hand either way.

  • Invest in Backup Power – High winds, lightning and excessive rainfall and cause on-grid power outages. Standard generators can help in a pinch, but they tend to be bulky and expensive to operate. Instead, consider investing in a power inverter that provides the same or better power potential without the noise or hassle. Another reliable option is a small solar panel kit that offers emergency power that’s easy to transport. Neither of these options rely on vulnerable power lines and don’t require bulky, expensive propane tanks to operate.
  • Stock Your Emergency Kit – You need to create or restock two types of emergency kits when preparing for hurricane season – an at-home emergency kit and a go bag. In your home kit, you want to include:
    • One gallon of drinking water per person per day
    • At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
    • First-aid kit
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Cloth masks
    • Dust mask
    • Flashlight, preferably solar-powered
    • Extra batteries
    • NOAA weather radio
    • Candles
    • Plastic sheeting
    • Duct tape
    • Backup power station
    • Extra pet supplies, including food, medication and leash
  • Build Your Go Bag – In the event of a severe storm, your governor may mandate an evacuation. Prepare for this scenario by packing an emergency go bag for each of your family members. What is a go bag? This small but potentially life-saving kit containing 72 hours of emergency supplies that you can grab on your way out the door in the event of an emergency. We recommend using a backpack or durable duffel bag and storing it somewhere close to the door.
    • One gallon of drinking water per person per day
    • At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
    • Emergency blanket
    • Rain poncho
    • Prescription medications
    • Eyeglasses
    • Portable solar kit, such as one of these
    • Cell phone and chargers
    • Solar-powered phone charger
    • Manual can opener
    • Disposable plates and silverware
    • Portable first-aid kit
    • Over-the-counter medications
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Cloth masks
    • Dust mask
    • Flashlight, preferably solar-powered
    • Extra batteries
    • Small toolkit with wrench or pliers
    • Local maps (we recommend downloading them via Google Maps so you have offline access)
    • NOAA weather radio
    • Emergency whistle
    • Important documents, including ID, birth certificate and copy of insurance policies
    • Phone numbers of medical professionals and emergency contacts
    • Extra pet supplies, including food, medication and leash
    • Personal items, including toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.

COVID-19 Considerations

How do you prepare for a hurricane in the midst of a pandemic? There are a few things that might concern you about evacuating in this scenario. For one, emergency shelters tend to house large groups of people in close proximity, which could significantly increase your likelihood of getting or spreading the virus. On top of that, running water is often limited when a hurricane strikes. For these reasons, we recommend keeping cloth masks and hand sanitizer in your go bag.

Staying Safe When the Storm Hits

Whether you plan to stay put or head to higher ground, you’ll find that a little bit of preparation can go a long way when it comes to staying safe during a hurricane. The most important thing you need to do during hurricane season is to prepare ahead of time. This will help you remain calm and collected until you get to a safe place to ride out the storm.

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