North Carolina definitely doesn’t see hurricanes with the frequency (or intensity) of more southern parts of the country, but we do definitely feel the effects of hurricanes up here. And in any area with a hurricane risk, it’s always a good idea to take some time to prepare, just in case a bad storm does come our way.
Here are some hurricane prep tips to help you stay safe during a storm.
Learn Your Routes & Safe Areas
One of the most important things you can do is educate yourself on evacuation routes and emergency shelters in your area. It’s also good to find a hurricane-safe area in your own home—that is, an interior room with no windows on the lowest level of your home that’s not likely to flood.
Start Preparing Now
One of the best ways to prevent serious storm damage to your home? Keep up with regular routine maintenance, like clearing gutters or installing check valves. You may also want to consider adding some hurricane shutters.
It’s also a good idea to sign up for warning systems, like the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Pack a Disaster Kit
Another way to get ready for a storm is to prepare a disaster kit containing food and water for three days, as well as a first aid kit, batteries, flashlights, and protective clothing. You can do this at any time, but once a storm warning has been issued, you’ll want to double-check to make sure you pack any medication or important documentation you’d like to keep handy. And don’t forget your four-legged friends!
Get Your Home Ready
Storm warning issued? Time to start boarding up those windows! Bring in any outdoor furniture, or tie down anything that you can’t bring inside. Anything outside must be secure or it’s in danger of being lifted, moved, or even thrown by the wind. Fill your car with gas, too, in case you need to evacuate. Inside, turn your fridge and freezer to the coldest settings and try to avoid opening them.
Stay Safe During the Storm
When the storm arrives, take shelter in your home’s safe room. Keep a radio (and extra batteries) handy so you’re up-to-date on the latest warnings and evacuation notices. If told to evacuate, do so immediately.
Should your home or building begin to flood, climb to the highest level of the structure with windows or openings (so you don’t become trapped by riding waters).
Be Careful with Cleanup
Once the storm passes, the danger isn’t necessarily over, so it’s always good to work with someone else during yard cleanup. Protective clothing is also recommended. Avoid wading through water or touching electrical equipment that could be wet.
Be sure to document any damage to your property with photos and contact your insurance company to file claims right away.
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