Preparing for the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season – Part 3: Updated Advice
Lately we’ve been writing about the 2013 hurricane season. AccuWeather is predicting more of the same this year – three or four major hurricanes in the US and about eight other storms that will cause damage and outages. Since Hurricane Katrina taught us that the impossible can happen, and Hurricane Sandy taught us that even our greatest commercial and cultural nerve center, New York City, isn’t immune from devastation, we’ve all been taking hurricane season more seriously. More and more people are living and working on the coasts, so every year more and more people and businesses are affected by hurricanes and tropical storms. June 1st is the beginning of storm season – check out the preparedness lists below and make sure you’re ready.
- WaterBob for storing clean drinking and cooking water in the bathtubs
- Non-perishable food – we recommend at least a month supply of freeze-driend or dehydrated long-term emergency food for each person in the household, plus extra so you can be a Good Samaritan.
- A month supply of pet food in a secondary dry container.
- First aid supplies (bandages, burn cream, antiseptic and pain relief) and a month of prescription medications for you and your pets
- Bar soap for hygiene
- Industrial strength plastic garbage bags for hygiene
- A means to easily start a fire without matches – take a look at WiseFire and a FireSteel
- Long-burning candles
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Dual power weather band radio
- Ax, hammer, nails, duct tape, plywood and plastic
- Cleaning and repair supplies for after the storm – they’ll likely be in short supply
- Protective clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes
- Games and paperback books
Take a look at some of our earlier blog posts that have more comprehensive preparedness lists:
The time to evacuate is early, even for a category 1 hurricane. You may be able to ride out a hurricane, but veteran coast dwellers will tell you that you don’t want to – not even a category 1!
- From June 1st through November, keep your car tank filled with gasoline – never let it get below half full. In an evacuation, there will not only be lines at the pump but you will be stuck in traffic on evacuation routes.
- Keep important documents (financial, real estate, contact information, etc.) handy in a waterproof folder or container. You will need proof of ownership and identification in order to get emergency FEMA funds.
- Determine in advance where you and your pets will wait out the storm. If you have pets, make a list of safe-zone hotels that have confirmed they will accept your number, type and size of pets.
- Hotels can be scarce when an entire zip code empties. If possible, arrange in advance to stay with friends or relatives. You’ll save hundreds or thousands of dollars and the stress of trying to find a hotel that isn’t full.
- Identify temporary long-term housing possibilities should your main residence need extensive repairs or is completely destroyed in a storm.
- Ensure you have enough, and the right combination of, wind and flood insurance so that should it become necessary, you can completely rebuild your home and replace all of your belongings.