5 Simple Ways to Prepare for a Hurricane

Unless you’re hiding under a rock, you’ve heard about Hurricane Florence barreling towards the east coast. I’m a couple hours inland from Myrtle Beach and I’m praying that this hurricane turns and goes back out to sea. However, you always need to be prepared.

This morning, I watched a reporter interviewing people on our coast who have chosen to ride this one out and stay put. I don’t understand anyone desiring to stay in a place that has been evacuated. Yes, oftentimes the weatherman gets it all wrong, but what if he’s right? Please evacuate if so ordered. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Let’s look at 5 simple ways to prepare for a hurricane.

5 Simple Ways to Prepare for a Hurricane

1. Have an evacuation plan in place.

You should also have a plan for your pets. If you are evacuating with a pet, visit petswelcome.com for a list of animal-friendly places to stay in your area.

Don’t wait until the last minute to evacuate. Plan ahead!

2. Have the essentials on hand (before they sell out).

  • Battery powered radio and batteries
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Bottled Water
  • Food – Visit Direct Energy to download a complete Hurricane grocery list.
  • Cash
  • Prescription medications

3. Check Home & Auto Insurance Coverage

4. Make Copies of Important Documents

Place copies of important documents and store in a waterproof container.

5. Prepare Your Home

  • Cover windows with plywood and add extra security to doors.
  • Secure all outdoor furniture. Bring children’s toys, bicycles, etc. inside.
  • Turn freezer and refrigerator to lowest settings in order to preserve food longer in case of a power outage.
  • Unplug all small appliances.
  • Make sure your laptop and phones are fully charged.

Stay informed and heed the directions of the Red Cross and government officials. Do not walk, drive or swim through flood waters.

For more safety and preparedness tips, please visit AccuWeather.com/Ready. Another handy resource is this Hurricane Seasonal Preparedness Digital Toolkit.

What additional ideas do you have to prepare for a hurricane?

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