Mother Nature is a force to be reckoned with - and we’re reminded of that each hurricane season. Unfortunately, as these storms strike, they carry the potential to change people’s lives within minutes. While we can’t prevent hurricanes, the best course of action to take is to focus on hurricane preparedness for when disaster strikes.
Advances in technology make it possible to track a hurricane’s course several days before it actually hits. Ultimately, these moments are crucial for hurricane preparedness and evacuation (if needed). These can be very stressful times, and many of us are juggling our everyday responsibilities and taking care of preparing for the storm after hours.
Create Your Hurricane Preparedness List Ahead of Time
With so many responsibilities and the added stressors that life occasionally throws at us, it’s only normal to occasionally draw a blank or forget things. With that being said, that’s exactly why it’s so crucial to create your hurricane preparedness list and procedures beforehand.
Also, explain to your children what’s going on. We tend to fear the things that we do not understand the most. By informing them of what to expect, they should be better equipped to handle the situation. Furthermore, remind them that you are taking the necessary precautions to keep them as safe as possible as the storm approaches.
Gather Your Hurricane Survival Kit
Here are some supplies you never want to forget:
- A battery-operated radio
- Non-perishable food items
- Drinking Water
- Fill your gasoline tanks (vehicles, backup tanks, etc.)
- First-aid kits
Act as quickly as possible. It’s best to shop for these items early, as store shelves start to empty out pretty quickly with all of the panic and confusion. Now is also a great time to photograph your most valuable property just in case of damages.
During the Storm
If you must evacuate, be sure to do this as quickly as you can and take the necessary supplies with you. If you’re able to weather the storm in your home, be sure to stay alert. Follow the weather updates closely. A battery-operated radio allows you to listen for weather updates even if you lose power.
Also, keep in mind that you and your loved ones should stay away from doors and windows. As the weather intensifies, it might be a good idea to gather in your safe room.
After the Storm
Be sure to listen for updates from news stations and local authorities. Once the storm is gone, keep in mind that you may be confined by flooding - so stay informed. This is also a good time to survey your property and photograph any damages for insurance claims.
Unfortunately, hurricanes also create many opportunities for looters and burglars - especially after areas are evacuated. Opportunist thieves take advantage of the fact that many homes will be empty, and smash and grabs become common.
Do not become their next victim. By equipping your house with a home security system, you’re more likely to deter thieves after a hurricane. However, should the burglar be more brazen and invade your home, you will be able to capture footage of the perpetrator in the act. This footage provides evidence to local authorities that can help them act. Today’s ADT Command panel has a battery backup and cellular connectivity with the monitoring center to ensure your home is protected. While cable and phone lines have traditionally experienced outages during storms, the cellular signals have remained a stable means of communication.
A home security system will greatly reduce your chances of your home being targeted, and provide recourse for you in the event that it is.
They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When a hurricane approaches, know what to do and act as early as possible. Protect your family, protect your home, and stay safe!
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