What To Do If You Live In a Hurricane-Prone Area

2017 has seen some of the biggest and most destructive hurricanes yet. There have been almost twenty combined tropical storms and hurricanesalready this year.

Devastating storms like Hurricane Irma have wreaked havoc destroying homes, wiping out entire communities, and even taking lives. If you’re living in a hurricane-prone place like Florida, then you may be asking yourself how you can prepare yourself and your family for potential disasters to come.

Stay Educated

The best thing you can do for yourself and your family is to stay informed. You can set up your phone to get weather updates and follow tropical weather reports. The National Hurricane Center website offers real-time updates to help you be prepared and plan accordingly.

Prepare For the Worst

They say you can never be too prepared, and this is most definitely true for natural disasters. There are a few different ways you can prepare for a natural disaster:

  • Have an emergency kit prepared with non-perishable food items, batteries, clothes and tools (i.e. flashlight).
  • Store extra water throughout your house and in your car.
  • Keep copies of important documents with you.
  • Always carry some cash in your purse or wallet.
  • Keep your gas tank more than half full at all times.

In addition, it is important that you have an emergency evacuation plan. Map out your route and make sure that you and your family have an agreed-upon meeting spot should disaster strike and you are separated.

Protect Your Home

Another way to prepare is to ensure that your home is protected. Take steps toprepare your home for a hurricane:

  • Install and use hurricane shutters.
  • Bringthings that could blow around and cause damage, like lawn furniture, inside before a hurricane hits.
  • Reinforce your roof, doors, and garage doors.
  • In addition to stocking up on potable water, fill the bathtub. You can use this water for flushing toilets.
  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings, to keep food fresher longer in case of a power outage.
  • If there’s time, unplug appliances beforeevacuating.

Unfortunately, no matter how much you prepare, the worst can happen, so it’s best to be ready. Call your insurance company for quotes and to discuss thedifferent types of hurricane insurance.Consider which options are best for your home based on your location.

If you don’t currently live in a hurricane-prone area but are thinking about moving to one, you may want to consider living more inland, away from the coast. This can possibly increase your chance of safety and lower your insurance costs. Otherwise, there is flood and excessive flood insurances available for folks who are closer to water and easily flooded areas.

Related at Care2

43 comments

Paulo R
Paulo Reesonabout a month ago

don't live in one, ty

SEND
Ann B
Ann Babout a month ago

move

SEND
Ruth S
Ruth Sabout a month ago

MOVE!!

SEND
Stephanie s
Stephanie sabout a month ago

Thank you

SEND
Stephanie s
Stephanie sabout a month ago

Thank you

SEND
Angeles Madrazo
Angeles Mabout a month ago

Thank you

SEND
Lisa M
Lisa Mabout a month ago

Thanks.

SEND
Lisa M
Lisa Mabout a month ago

Thanks.

SEND
Janis K
Janis Kabout a month ago

Thanks for sharing

SEND
Clare O
Clare O'Bearaabout a month ago

We did not live in a hurricane area in Ireland until this year. Thanks, America, for climate change. Do more of that won't you?

SEND