The Atlantic hurricane season is upon us, and if we’re learning anything from the recent events in Houston and the surrounding areas, we all need to be prepared!
Recent predictions anticipate a more active than usual 2017 season with an increase in the number of named storms and hurricanes. Even if North Carolina is not in the direct path of a storm, the rising waters and battering winds can cause devastating flooding and high wind damages.
Here are some helpful tips and links so you may reference local emergency contacts, resources and what steps you can take to ensure your property is prepped for an approaching storm.
The most important tip…
Make plans before the hurricane arrives! It is too late after a storm approaches the coast to attempt to secure your property.
Make an emergency supply kit including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate.
If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads. http://www.bounceenergy.com/blog/2012/06/prepare-hurricane-stay-home-2/
Property Prep Checklist–
- Review current insurance coverage. http://www.cbsnews.com/media/10-ways-to-prepare-your-home-for-hurricane-season/2/
- Consider flood insurance. http://www.cbsnews.com/media/10-ways-to-prepare-your-home-for-hurricane-season/3/
- Take inventory of your property. http://www.cbsnews.com/media/10-ways-to-prepare-your-home-for-hurricane-season/4/
- Secure and seal roo http://www.cbsnews.com/media/10-ways-to-prepare-your-home-for-hurricane-season/5/
- Add roof straps if not already installed. http://www.cbsnews.com/media/10-ways-to-prepare-your-home-for-hurricane-season/6/
- Secure porches and carports. http://www.cbsnews.com/media/10-ways-to-prepare-your-home-for-hurricane-season/7/
- Seal windows and doors. http://www.cbsnews.com/media/10-ways-to-prepare-your-home-for-hurricane-season/8/
- Seal holes. http://www.cbsnews.com/media/10-ways-to-prepare-your-home-for-hurricane-season/9/
- Clear the lawn. http://www.cbsnews.com/media/10-ways-to-prepare-your-home-for-hurricane-season/10/
- Reinforce your garage door. http://www.cbsnews.com/media/10-ways-to-prepare-your-home-for-hurricane-season/11/
- Trim or remove damaged trees and limbs
- Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris
- Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
- Close storm shutters, and stay away from windows. Flying glass from broken windows could injure you.
- Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to be able to check the food temperature when the power is restored.
- Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
- Charge your cell phone now so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.
- Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building.
If you plan to evacuate, you should do so as early as possible to avoid traffic delays and severe weather-related travel conditions.