January 20th, 2014 5:36 am

How To Prepare For an Incoming Storm

 

Storms are one of nature’s devastating phenomena and you cannot do anything to stop it but you can do things that will help secure you and your family’s safety before a storm strikes. I will share to you some of the basic things you can do to become prepared whenever there is an incoming storm.

First thing you can do is to secure a property, health and life insurance. This should be a given considering that most people now are being practical. This could help cover the expenses whenever there is a destruction of property, a loss of lives and health issues in the aftermath of the storm.

Next thing to do is to create an inventory of all the things that are in your home. This could help you assess the things that are not available but needed during emergencies. This could also help when filing a claim for insurance. If possible, get a camera and shoot a film capturing all the things in your house.

Next step is to ensure that your house is well prepared for its battle against the destructive winds of hurricanes. Installing hurricane shutters for your windows is a good idea. If you can’t find a hurricane shutter, you can use plywood. There are several guides available on the internet on how to do this. Secure your doors by installing bolts at the top and bottom to help withstand the wind. Strap your roof to prevent it from being ripped off.

When you are done securing your house, you can now prepare an emergency supply kit. The most important necessity is water. You will want to store a 1 week supply of food and water. This is enough if you think that aid will come within the first week of the aftermath of the storm. The food stored should be non-perishable goods like canned goods and noodles. Other things you will add are can opener and medicines especially for fever and over the counter antibiotics. You should also include basic items for hygiene such as toothbrush, toothpaste and toilet paper. Do not forget to include flashlight and batteries. If you think you can bring more and you will find a need to evacuate, you can secure blankets, pillows and sleeping mats. Also consider the needs of infants and elderly if there is one in your family.

Lastly, prepare an evacuation plan if you think that the coming storm is very dangerous. The government will usually put up an evacuation center if the storm is destructive. Securing a place in the evacuation center might be a good decision to ensure the safety of your loved ones.

2014-01-17 How To Prepare For an Incoming Storm

 

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