How to Prepare Your Home for a Hurricane

Posted by Chris Dunkin & filed under Disaster Relief, News.

Flood Rescue

Hurricane Harvey was a Category 4 that made landfall in August 2017.  Unfortunately, natural disasters have lasting effects on those involved. For instance, the loss of roofs, flooding, power, and even life. Hurricane Harvey was the most recent, but not the first. There have been catastrophic storms that have hit the United States in the past, and this will certainly not be the last.

With Hurricane Irma moving closer to land by the minute, how do you prepare?

Hurricane Flooding

  1. Check FEMA’s flood map to see if your home is in a flood zone.

  2. Make an evacuation plan if you plan on leaving for the storm.

  3. Reinforce garage doors.

  4. Bring in outdoor furniture.

  5. Board up your windows with plywood or close the storm shutters.

  6. Secure the roof (and siding if applicable) with straps to the framing of the house.

  7. Take pictures before and after the Hurricane, to show insurance company, if needed.

  8. Store important documents (birth certificate, social security card, deeds, etc.) in a weather-proof lock box, or even a safety deposit box.

  9. Create an emergency preparedness kit that has what you need if you decide to stay for the storm.

    • Water – You will need bottled water for your family and pets for several days, if not a week.

    • Food – You should keep around a week’s worth of food that are non-perishable.  Don’t forget the manual can opener. Stock up on pet food as well.

    • Gasoline – Gas prices will skyrocket, so fill up your vehicles before the storm. If you need to leave, at least you have the gas to do so. Fill the generator if you have one.

    • Cooler – The freezer and fridge won’t work without power. Keep all cold food in your cooler until the power comes back.

    • emergency kitFirst-Aid Kit – Keep medications, bandages, peroxide, etc. all handy in case an injury happens.

    • Flashlights/Batteries/Radio – If the power goes out, you will need flashlights and plenty of batteries to be able to navigate through the home. There are also weather radios to keep track of the storm.

    • Extra Disposable Items – There is no water running out of the faucet, and the dishwasher won’t work, so keep paper plates, plastic utensils, toilet paper, garbage bags, etc.

    • Games – What better way to bond with the family? To pass time, cards, board games, will keep the environment fun and calm.

When the storm passes, it is time for recovery. The storm could have left families and businesses without power, air conditioning, and worse, without a home. Portable Air is proud to offer support, power, and climate control equipment to various disaster sites. Our team and mobile equipment operate with efficiency and dedication to help improve the conditions and comfort of those in relief tents or other evacuation sites.

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