Hurricane Preparedness

PR Mace By PR Mace, 26th May 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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How to prepare for the 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Hurricane Preparedness

June 1st marks the beginning of the 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season. It will run through November 30th.

To survive a hurricane you have to be prepared but how do you prepare for a hurricane?

Any actions taken before the landfall of a tropical storm or hurricane to help mitigate the damages or personal dangers these storms can cause are defined as hurricane preparedness.


These actions of hurricane preparedness can take place hours or months before a storm may strike. By being properly prepared for a tropical storm or hurricane you can minimize damage to your personal property and processions and improve your chances of riding out the storm safely.


1. Review your insurance policy to determine if you have adequate coverage. Home Insurance Policies do not cover damage caused by flood. A separate Flood Policy is needed to protect your property from flooding. To obtain more information contact your independent agent.
2. Prepare an inventory of your personal property and document with photos or videotape. Keep one copy at home and another at a location away from home that will not be damaged in a storm.
3. Plan an evacuation route and destination if it is necessary to leave your home.
4. Teach your children what to do in the event of an emergency.
5. Make a plan for what to do with your pets in the event you must evacuate your home.
6. Maintain a supply of water and non-perishable food, juice, etc.
7. Have a portable radio, flashlight, cell phone and fresh batteries.
8. Have an out-of-state friend/relative as a “family contact”.


There is a very real possibility that you and your family could be separated during a storm. By putting together a” Family Emergency Communication Plan” you can ensure all your family members are safe.

1. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as a ‘family contact’. After a disaster, it is often easier to call long distance than locally.
2. Make sure everyone knows the name, address and telephone number of the contact person.


1. Fill all vehicles with gasoline.
2. Check to determine that you have an adequate supply of medicine/prescription drugs.
3. Procure cash, as Banks/ATMs may not be available for extended periods.
4. Turn refrigerators/freezers to coldest setting.
5. Bring outside furniture, toys etc. into the house or garage.
6. Cut tree branches that could damage windows or walls.
7. Assemble a first aid kit
8. Assemble important documents (medical records, insurance policies, checkbook, etc.) in a waterproof container or watertight resealable bag.
9. Review evacuation route and destination.


After a hurricane makes landfall you are on your own for the first 24 to 72 hours and you have to be prepared to survive.


You will need nonperishable foods, canned goods and foods that do not need to be cooked such as: canned meats, tune, canned fruits, canned vegetables, soups, canned or boxed fruit juices, dried fruits and nuts, bread, cookies, crackers, peanut butter, jelly, cereal with boxed nonperishable milk, coffee, tea and bottle water.

This is a list of other items needed for your disaster supply kit.

* Manual can opener
* Bottled water (1 gallon per person/per day)
* Prescription medication (2 weeks supply)
* Pet food/supplies
* Water purification tablets (halazone)
* Disposable plates, cups and utensils
* Infant care items: · disposable diapers · baby wipes · baby food · formula
* First aid supplies
* Masking and duct tape
* Flashlight or lantern, with extra batteries
* Battery operated radio, with extra batteries
* Watch or battery operated clock
* Ice chest
* Matches
* Canned heat (sterno)
* Portable outdoor camping stove or grill with fuel supply
* Plastic trash bags
* Plastic sheeting or drop cloth
* Chlorinated bleach
* Personal hygiene items

Other useful items include : work gloves, sunscreen, insect repellent, hammer, screwdriver, pliers, wrenches, handsaw, razor, knife, ax or chainsaw, caulking, nails and screws, rope and wire, broom, mop and bucket, all-purpose cleaner, ladder, sandbags, portable generators, tree pruner, shovel, rake, wheelbarrow, sheets of plywood and gasoline.

Living through a major hurricane is not easy but with some advance preparation it can be manageable.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
27th May 2010 (#)

no threat of hurricanes where I live but I certainly hope people who live where there is a risk get prepared.

People also need to consider care for their pets in such emergencies.

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