5 Things You Can Do To Prep For a Hurricane
If the East Coast earthquake wasn't enough, much of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern portion of the country are now bracing for Hurricane Irene.
Hurricanes in this part of the world are rare but they do happen - and being that we're in the midst of hurricane season - now is a good time to get ready no matter what.
Here are 5 Things you can do to prep for a hurricane:
- Get educated – There are tons and tons and tons of hurricane
resources out there that you should familiarize yourself with. There are resources
for kids you should also
- Make a plan – With hurricanes, you have to prepare for a
little bit of everything: shelter, flooding, power outages, debris, heat,
wind damage, etc. It can be overwhelming
so we like resources
that have checklists (here
instructions. Kids can also learn about planning.
- Buy supplies – When you look for supplies,
you should be
prepared for evacuation as well as surviving without power and other
utilities. Think about medicine and first aid,
non-perishable food (especially
fresh drinking water),
and a method to transport your supplies if necessary.
- Know your surroundings – Where will you be in the
event of a storm? Get to know how your area
deals with hurricanes. If you are anticipating a
storm, your local government will have posted evacuation plans and
directions toward evacuation centers. Find
your local Red Cross and more here.
- Stay up-to-date – Your local government, as well as state and federal agencies, will be issuing warnings in the event of a storm. Know how to access the Emergency Alert System. Your local meteorologists and weather reports are essential to planning.
The best way to stay safe and secure is to make educated decisions. Knowing what you can/should do before, during, immediately following, and after the storm can make a huge impact on your ability to weather the storm.
Stay safe and let us know how you prepared!