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Hurricane Preparation


If a big storm is coming, being prepared can get your family through it relatively unscathed. The most important part of being prepared is coming up with a plan and talking about it before it’s bearing down; the following link is a near-comprehensive starting point for your household planning.


You want to do your best to protect your home and belongings before high winds and heavy rains arrive, so that you can focus solely on getting out of harm's way if it comes to that. We’ve put together some checklists below that, while not comprehensive, will go a long way toward being ready, come what may.

  • Storm shutters

  • Plywood, boards for windows

  • Wrench or pliers at utility shut-offs

  • Water alarm & sump pump with battery

  • ​Battery-powered CO alarm

  • Install wastewater check valves

  • Plastic sheeting, tarps, heavy-duty garbage bags


You may need to evacuate on short notice, so having a stash of essential items ready to go ahead of time will take a lot of stress out of having to move fast; you can gather and store these items in your car when your area is placed under a storm watch for maximum readiness.

  • Baby supplies — formula/bottles/diapers/wipes

  • Blankets/sleeping bags

  • Paper/pencil

  • Paper plates/forks/cups/knives

  • Water for 3 days — 1 gallon per person per day, extra jugs

  • Food for 3 days — nonperishable

  • Cash

  • Extra clothes

  • Prescription medications

  • Important docs — stored in waterproof, portable container/saved digitally

  • First aid kit, personal sanitation needs
    and moist towelettes

  • Extra glasses or contacts and solution

  • Pet food and supplies

In addition to checklists above, you’ll want to be ready for what happens in the immediate wake of a storm if you shelter in place; power, water, and gas utilities may be damaged, so self-sufficiency for the first few days after a storm will ensure you’re safe and healthy while recovery efforts mobilize. Some are deliberately redundant, because backup is important.

  • Generator, fuel, gas cans & extension cords

  • Dust masks

  • Grills & fuel

  • Matches in waterproof container

  • Cell phone chargers & backup battery

  • Rakes, shovels, chain saws

  • Water for 3 days — 1 gallon per person per day, extra jugs

  • Food for 3 days — nonperishable

  • Fire extinguisher

  • Flashlights, batteries

  • Hand-crank radio

  • Duct tape

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