By David Kile
Before The Storm
• Turn the temperature down on your refrigerator and freezer so it’s at the lowest setting possible. This will help prevent your cold foods from thawing, melting, going bad, etc.
• Prior to evacuating the premises, call at least one family member who is out of state to inform them of your plans.
• Make sure that your emergency kit is updated and stocked with fully functional materials.
• Charge electronic devices like cell phones, razors, and computers.
• Bag extra ice. It will help keep your freezer cold.
• Fill your car with fuel.
• Pick up yard debris like branches, decorative items, tools, and furniture.
• Secure RVs, campers, trailers and boats to the safest place you find.
• Secure all windows, shutters, and doors with locks.
• Bring in wind-chimes; hot tub covers, plants, and hoses.
• Help your neighbors with any debris they’re trying to get out of their yards. In addition to being a warm gesture, this will help prevent their debris from adversely impacting your yard and home.
During A Storm
• Stay inside and remain far from the windows
• Be alert for other natural disasters like tornadoes
• Stay away from storm surge and flood waters.
• Unplug electronic equipment that you are not using. This will help prevent surge damage.
After A Storm
• Avoid power lines that have gone down.
• Learn about basic food safety principles. You should know which items are good and how long they will keep.
• Utilize chainsaw safety principles.
• Be safe with your use of the generator.
• Know about the quality of your water to determine whether it should be boiled.
• Heed the instructions from local officials.
• If you are in the dark, use flashlights. Do not use candles.
• Inspect your property for damages.
• Drive only if necessary.
• Examine your pool to determine whether it needs to be super-chlorinated.
If you’re interested in being prepared for a hurricane, know that the strategies outlined above can assist you. Also, know that the professionals are here to assist you if a hurricane damages your property. Remediation specialists work with speed and sophistication to quickly restore your property to its original condition.
- Official NFIP: http://www.floodsmart.gov
- National Flood Safety Awareness: http://www.floodsmart.gov/noaa/
- FEMA NFIP: http://www.fema.gov/business/nfip/
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: http://www.noaa.gov/
- FEMA’s Risk MAP: http://www.fema.gov/plan/ffmm.shtm