Five Things You Can Do to Protect Yourself from Hurricanes

Though the Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June 1 until November 30, the most common month for active storms is September. Some of the country’s most infamous hurricanes made landfall during this month.

While hurricanes arguably have their greatest impact on coastal areas, the majority of states in America can be affected when a storm is on the horizon. In fact, a total of 34 states in the country have been struck directly by a tropical storm or hurricane, and the nation as a whole averages two hurricane landfalls every year.

While folks along the coastline are most impacted by storm surge and high winds, people inland can also be susceptible to flash flooding from heavy rains, downed trees and power lines. These impacts can linger long after a hurricane has reached the continent.

So if you live within 500 miles or so of a coastline, you need to be prepared for the potential development of a hurricane. Thankfully, there are several steps you can take to minimize the effects of a tropical system.

 

1. Invest in a Liquid Storage Tank and Rainwater Harvesting System

A liquid storage tank can do a world of good when it comes to preparing for and dealing with the aftermath of a hurricane.

For one thing, a rainwater harvesting system can collect heavy rains before they reach the ground, reducing the potential for stormwater and flash flooding in the immediate vicinity of your home.

For another, a liquid storage tank can ensure you have an emergency supply of water at hand, in case the hurricane is especially bad, and the local water supply is cut off and unavailable for days after the storm has passed.

Just be sure to invest in a high quality tank designed to stand up to impacts and the elements. This way, your water supply remains safe, no matter what the weather brings.

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2. Have a Plan, and An Escape Route

If a storm affects your area and you need to evacuate, where would you go? How would you get there? And where would you stay once you arrive?

It’s essential to be familiar with all evacuation routes in your area, and to have a plan in place in case you need to leave during a storm. Have an emergency supply of funds available for an unexpected evacuation. Also be sure that all of your important documents can be easily taken with you when you depart, such as your ID, homeowners’ insurance policy, medical records, emergency contacts etc.

 

3. Move Your Stuff

Recent research conducted by NOAA has found it’s not the winds that cause the majority of damage in coastal communities. It’s the storm surge.

As such, if a hurricane is approaching, be sure to move all ground-level belongings and valuable property to a higher level in the house to avoid the impacts of flooding.

 

4. Invest in Supplies

Every home in a hurricane-prone area should have an emergency kit handy.

This includes, but is not limited to, the following supplies:

  • First aid kit
  • Battery operated weather radio
  • Flashlight(s)
  • One gallon of water per day per individual
  • Extra batteries
  • Three day supply of non-perishable food
  • Manual can opener and canned food
  • Sanitizer, towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Tools, and especially pliers or a wrench to turn off utilities as needed
  • Whistle or other signal in case emergency assistance is needed
  • Portable (and charged) cell phone and backup battery charger

If you create this kit beforehand, and have it nearby when a storm approaches, you can save time preparing when it matters the most.

 

5. Listen to Your Local Officials

Many people in coastal communities do not evacuate during storms for a number of reasons. Maybe they don’t want to leave their home, have faced other storms before, or are concerned about the safety of their property.

But every storm is different. And the impacts of a hurricane can be greater than what you’ve been through before.

Keep in mind that during a storm, many communities temporarily shut down emergency services. These include ambulances, firefighters, and other first responders, to protect the personnel’s safety. As such, if your local officials urge you to evacuate for a storm, it’s best to heed their advice.

 

A hurricane can be a traumatic event that takes days, weeks, and even years to recover from. But with planning and preparation, you can lessen the impacts of a storm, ensuring that your home– and your family– safely make it through.

 

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