Experiencing a hurricane is a terrifying experience. While not every hurricane is as detrimental as Katrina, every hurricane has the potential to cause damage and take lives. Staying prepared for the possibility of a hurricane is the best way to protect the health of yourself and those that live with you. Unfortunately, there’s no way to prevent a hurricane, but you can prepare for one! Let’s review some of the most important aspects of hurricane preparation.
Assessing Your Risk
Do some research on your area to determine what your risk level of experiencing a hurricane is. Some areas are at a much higher risk than others. Even if your risk is relatively low, you should prepare for the worst and hope that you never experience it. The national weather service is a great resource to stay up to date on local weather conditions and hurricane threats.
Make an Evacuation Plan
If a hurricane is heading towards your area, evacuation is the safest option. Determine what your evacuation plan is before you need it to make the process as quick and easy as possible. This plan will need to include transportation, where you plan to stay, and what essential items you will want to take with you.
Hurricane Supplies and Food
When a powerful hurricane hits, those that didn’t have time to evacuate can be left stranded for days at a time. The hurricane will likely knock out things like electricity, cell towers, and running water. Build a hurricane preparedness kit to keep in your home. Have a hurricane kit can be the difference between life and death in a situation that leaves you stranded until help can rescue you. A hurricane kit should include:
- Water – you should have at least 1 gallon per person per day for 3 days. So, if your family consists of 3 people, you’ll need at least 9 gallons.
- Food – non-perishable is the only type of food you should include in your hurricane kit. Plan out at least 3 days of non-perishable food for each family member. It’s better to have too much than not enough, so plan liberally.
- Hand crank radio – to listen to weather updates
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- First-aid kit
- Shelter in place supplies – duct tape and plastic sheeting are common choices
- A whistle – to signal rescuers when they’re nearby
- Personal sanitation items – garbage bags, toilet paper, moist towelettes, feminine hygiene products
- Can opener
- A cell phone with charger – cell reception isn’t guaranteed but having an extra phone on hand is never a bad idea.
- Generator – living without electricity is hard. A generator is a great way to ensure your family can use electricity while you wait for help to arrive or utilities to be restored.
Contact RCA Electric & Generators
No matter the emergency, a generator may help your family in dire situations. At RCA Electric we’re focused on helping homeowners purchase, install, and maintain the ideal generator for your hurricane needs. Want to learn more? Contact Us Today!