Your planning should include general safety of your property, too, such as having storm shutters on the windows. Also, you may need to evacuate your home. For this reason, you need to have accommodation plans. Hotels and shelters fill up fast, so if you cannot book ahead, make sure you have a friend or relative’s house to go to that is in a safer area.
Have your emergency go bag ready to grab, too. Fill it up with essentials like food, water, clothing, and lighting, and tell the family where it is and how to use it.
Getting Ready for the Storm
If a storm is on its way, keep up with weather reports and official’s instructions. Next, make sure you have chosen a safe area indoors where you can go if you need to ride out the storm. If you are expecting a hurricane, choose a room like a bathroom or walk-in closet in the center of the house and away from windows and exterior doors.
Gather all your important paperwork, like birth and marriage certificates, passports, identification, and insurance policies and keep them with you in a waterproof container. If you have pets, make plans for them, too, from crates and supplies to ensuring their vaccinations are up to date and that they are wearing collars. Also make sure that any disabled or elderly people in your care are planned for and looked after.
Practice Your Storm Safety Plan
A solid storm safety plan can only work if you know how to put it into action quickly. Once you and your household have created a plan, schedule time to practice it. Make sure everybody has a copy of the plan and put one in a public space in the house, like on the refrigerator.
While we hope you will never have to actually put your plan into action, you do not want to be caught unprepared should disaster strike. Make sure your family knows who to contact, where to meet, and what supplies to carry in the worst-case scenario. Our Storm Safety pages will help you accomplish this.