What to Do When a Hurricane is Coming: The Preparation Steps to Take

At least 1 hurricane a year hits the United States.

This almost always occurs between June and November, the dreaded hurricane season. Southern and coastal communities from Texas to New England are in danger of these storms every year.

If you live in an area that could experience a hurricane, you need to know what to do when a hurricane is coming. Hurricanes are storms capable of extreme wind and incredible flooding. They can push the ocean into the coast and even those many miles from the coastline can experience torrential rain.

What to Do When a Hurricane Is Coming

A key aspect of being prepared is knowing how to prep your house for a hurricane. Every step you can take to mitigate the impact of a hurricane will save you time, money and possible injury. When looking into how to prepare your home for a hurricane, start with the windows.

Hurricanes cause injuries and healthcare limitations. One of the main ways they do this is by debris flying around at high speed due to the winds. Boarding up your windows or deploying hurricane shutters is one of the best ways you can limit the chances of this happening to you.

If you have a sliding glass door, you should also secure it. The debris being thrown will be hard enough to break through the glass in many cases. You can deploy boards and hurricane shutters to these areas as well. This tactic is used often in Florida where glass doors are very common.

Another key benefit to boarding up windows or using shutters is that it helps protect your house. During a hurricane, the pressure differences can be intense. If your windows are destroyed, then the structural integrity of your house can give out and cause a complete collapse of roof and walls.

When should you evacuate for a hurricane? If a mandatory evacuation order is given for the area you are living in, you should depart as soon as possible. If you can’t depart, then you will have to take additional steps to ensure your safety.

Power Outages and Utilities

Even a mild hurricane is a powerful storm. Severe storms will reach inland for hundreds of miles. These storms as well as the hurricane itself can cause power lines to become damaged and leave people without electricity. If you can’t evacuate due to medical reasons, you should prepare for this.

An emergency hurricane generator can keep your lights on and medical equipment running even during an emergency. If you live in an inland area that won’t be hit by the direct storm, like San Antonio, TX, your generator should last long enough for power to be restored.

You should also make sure and stockpile enough water to last for several days. Extensive flooding can lead to tap water becoming polluted and sewers backing up. Having fresh water on hand is one of the most vital hurricane survival tips.

Remove Any Debris

When a hurricane is coming, you’ll want to remove items that could pose a threat. These include anything outdoors that the wind could move. Move everything you can inside, and make sure to do the best you can in securing everything else.

If you limit the amount of debris that the winds will throw, you will limit the amount of damage and injuries the storm could do. Each piece of equipment or any toy left out will have the potential of becoming a lethal projectile and could cause substantial property damage.

One thing many people overlook is a porch swing. If you or a loved one has a porch swing, make sure that it is secured or removed. This swing can turn into a battering ram when the wind starts to gust. This is just an example of how something that is easily overlooked can turn into a nightmare.

Hurricane Protection

Many areas where hurricanes can become a problem are popular. This is because they have jobs, high population amenities and are in areas with warm to hot weather. Hurricanes are worse because of this population density. The more people live in an area the more damage is done.

Aside from sealing your house as best as you can, and removing any potential flying debris, make sure you have supplies. In addition to your water and generator, you will need extra fuel for the generator. Make sure to stockpile food, medicine and anything else that might be difficult to find after the storm.

Having what you need to ride out the immediate aftermath will increase your chances of surviving without serious complications. If you do get injured, remember that it may take some time for emergency services to reach you, so have a medical kit handy. Lacerations can cause dramatic blood loss if not treated.

Preparation and Disaster

Being prepared is the best way to ride out a disaster, but if at all possible, get out of the way of a hurricane. Even with the best preparations, your home could suffer a catastrophic collapse due to the sheer magnitude of the wind. Voluntary evacuations will be issued early and for broad areas.

If you are able to, leave when the voluntary evacuation is announced and go further inland. Whether you have family to stay with, or even have to stay in a hotel for a while, you will be better off. If you can’t, consider moving into a lower level of your home, preferably a basement.

Hurricanes Are Dangerous

Hurricanes cause thousands of injuries, even some deaths and billions of dollars in damage to property. Stay safe the best way you can and be prepared for the worst to happen. What to do when a hurricane is coming is not to be caught unprepared.

Have your disaster supplies ready before the storm gets close because people hoard everything you need. Make sure your food and water supplies are ready from the start of the hurricane season to the end. Protect yourself, your home, and your family by doing what you can to withstand the fury of mother nature.

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Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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