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Hurricane Prep: 5 Steps You Can Take Today
Hurricanes are typically most active in September, but it’s never too early to prepare your home for this season’s storms. Whether you’re new to a hurricane-prone region or looking to bolster your family’s current toolkit, we’ve got a few easy changes to help get you ready.
1. Build Up a Safety Stock of Supplies
A good rule of thumb is to have three days worth of supplies on hand for each person in your home. This includes food, water (for drinking and washing), batteries, cash, first aid supplies and anything else your family uses day to day.
Don't forget to keep medications in mind as it may be difficult to locate them quickly during the aftermath of a disaster. Dog and cat parents should also consider what pets might need during this time!
2. Call and Confirm Your Insurance Coverage
Physically preparing your home for a storm is essential, but truly protecting your property goes beyond boarding up windows, cleaning gutters, and preventing plumbing backups.
Making sure you have a home insurance policy that’s proportionate to the hurricane probability and intensity in your area doesn't just give you peace of mind, it can provide massive relief if disaster does strike. Remember, flooding is usually the main concern when it comes to home and property damage.
3. Protect Your Most Important Digital Files
From baby videos to music files, wedding photos to work documents, many of our most prized possessions aren't those we've purchased. Water damage can permanently destroy electronics and the important information on them. If you’re not automatically backing up data from your phone, laptop, and home computers, it typically takes less than a day to set up. Reliable cloud storage services have continued to become less costly. Today, it's a no-brainer to have your data somewhere that a storm can't reach it.
Additionally, power outages may make it impossible to access electronic documents or accounts in a timely manner. Keep backups of account numbers, insurance policies, and any other important property and banking documents saved in a few places to ensure they're available when you need them most.
4. Keep Your Devices Charged Through the Storm
Your phone can be one of your most essential resources in an emergency. It can serve as a radio, a flashlight, a way to communicate, or simply entertainment to keep the kids calm through the storm. Make sure you have a backup portable charger plugged in and ready to use during storm season, so you can keep your phone powered up when you need it most.
Many portable power packs offer several days worth of recharges, and some even include flashlights, which can prove very helpful in an emergency. The RAYOVAC® Lithium Ion 3-in-1 offers a lantern, flashlight and portable charger in one simple device.
5. Create an Evacuation Action Plan
In case your house suffers damage or is in the path of destruction, it’s important to have a plan in place for reaching safety in a timely manner. Ideally, the whole family has an idea of what to do if the warnings ring out, but it's essential that at least you do. Become familiar with the evacuation warnings and orders in your area, and sign up for your area’s warning system.
You should also designate a place to gather in the scenario that your best option is to wait the storm out at home. This will ideally be a small interior room with no windows that is high enough to avoid flooding.