The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th, and during this period, you can expect a variety of weather conditions that range from low-level tropical storms to full hurricanes. These weather events can lead to significant damage to property for both individuals and businesses. Sandifer Insurance Agency offers these tips to help you prepare for a hurricane or tropical storm in the area.
Alternate Power Sources
Hurricanes and tropical storms often knock out power for a period of time. You could be without power for as much as a week or more, as the power company works to restore electricity to homes and businesses. Keep battery powered-lights and appropriate batteries on hand during hurricane season
. Avoid using candles, which can present a fire hazard for your home
. A gas or solar-powered generator will provide power to keep lights, refrigeration and fans going while the power is out. Never run a generator in the house or garage where dangerous fumes can build up. Keep a battery-powered radio, with batteries, on hand to receive important weather-related information.
Food & Water Needs
Storing sufficient water for all members of your household, including pets. A good rule of thumb is one gallon of water per person or pet. You can store additional water for rinsing dishes or for washing by filling up bathtubs and sinks in your home. You should store a variety of canned and freeze-dried foods that can be kept for a period of time without refrigeration. These foods may include, canned meat, vegetables, fruits, dry cereal, irradiated milk, peanut butter, bread, snack items, and canned juices. Supermarkets may run out of stocked items for a few days after a severe weather event, so store enough for 3 days to a week.
Cash on Hand
Your bank may be closed for some times after a storm, and ATM machines may not be operating. Even credit cards may be useless when the electricity is down. Withdraw some cash to have on hand for the duration of the storm and the post-storm period.
First Aid & Medication Needs
If you are given information about an impending hurricane or tropical storm, get additional amounts of your prescription medications, to have on hand in case for a period of time. Your first aid kit should include:
- Medical tape
- Antiseptic cream
- Pain relievers
- Elastic bandage
- Calamine lotion
- Mouthpiece for giving CPR
You may be required to evacuate an area during a severe weather event. You may be able to stay with family or friends during these incidents. However, if you must travel out of the area, make a reservation in advance at a hotel or motel outside of the storm area. Bring clothing, water, and food for your journey, which may take a considerable amount of time on crowded evacuation routes. Take your medications with you, as well as items needed for infant care and pet care. If you find yourself caught in a dangerous storm at the last minute, seek out a local storm shelter in your area. Most communities offer a number of shelters that offer safe harbor against dangerous weather conditions. Some shelters may also allow you to bring your pets. Bring along bedding, food, medications, as well as books, toys, and games to occupy both children and adults.
Secure Your Property
Storm shutters are the best way to protect windows from damage from a storm. However, if you don’t have shutters, putting plywood over the windows will also help to prevent breakage. Make sure locks on doors are secure. Brace and tie your garage door to prevent wind damage. Bring in lawn furniture or other equipment that is usually left outdoors. Any loose items can become a missile in high winds. Trim tree branches that are close to your house to prevent breakage and damage to nearby structures from strong winds.
Being prepared in advance will help you to stay safe and secure during a severe weather event. Although you cannot prevent all damage from a hurricane or tropical storm, you can minimize your losses. Contact Sandifer Insurance Agency for their knowledge and experience in providing storm coverage for the North and South Carolina areas.