Since August is traditionally the peak month of hurricane season, we are sharing some tips and tricks for disaster preparedness for those living on the coast. So, what do you do if you find yourself faced with the need to evacuate or stick out the storm at home? Here are some ideas to help you be prepared in either case.
If the weather takes a turn for the absolute worst, you may be ordered to evacuate your home. Sometimes these orders give you a little time to prep but often times, time is of the essence, so it pays to be prepared.
- Observe: Keep an eye on the weather by watching local TV channels and making note of the available/recommended routes for evacuation.
- Pack It Up: Pack a bag full of clothes for a couple of days at least. Don’t forget your cell phone charger, medications, cash, and any identification you may need.
- Unplug: If time permits, turn off your water, electricity, gas, and power. It’s also a good idea to unplug your appliances.
- Kit It: It’s a good idea to keep an emergency kit in your car at all times, no matter the weather. You’ll want to include jumper cables, food with an extended shelf life, bottled water, sleeping bags, maps, and a first aid kit. If you’re super into emergency preparedness, try designing your own bugout bag.
Braving the Storm at Home
If you and your family decide to stay put during a hurricane, there are things you can do to help make the stay a little less scary. Here are a few tips:
- Stay Informed: Have a TV or radio on hand to keep up to date on the latest news and weather predictions.
- Keep Indoors: This may go without saying, but don’t venture outdoors for any reason until the storm has totally blown over. Stay away from windows and doors if possible.
- Have a Plan B: If your home incurs damage, have a plan b available so you can either go to a family member or friend’s home until your home can be repaired.
- Stock Up: Stock up on food, water, flashlights, first aid kits and more. You don’t want to be stuck without water and the bare necessities if your home is hit hard during a storm. It’s also not a bad idea to invest in a generator in case you lose power for a few hours/days.
We hope we’ve given you some helpful tips to stay safe all year round while living life on the beach. If you’re looking to relocate to the beach, visit our website to view our current listings. If you’re not planning to purchase a beach home, we hope you’ll consider the Bolivar Peninsula for your next vacation. If you’re interested in getting away to our beautiful 27 mile stretch of Bolivar Peninsular, check out our rentals. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest and greatest news from Swedes Real Estate. We hope to see you soon!