So how can you prepare your home in case a possible hurricane hits?
- As a hurricane approaches, be sure that your home meets safety levels. If they don't, relocate to a nearby safer structure.
- But if your home does meet safety levels, secure and cover all windows and door openings with boards, shutters or other shielding materials.
- Secure, or bring inside, all lawn furniture and other outside objects that could become a projectile in high winds.
- Garage doors are frequently the first home feature to fail. Reinforce garage doors so that they are able to withstand high winds.
- And if an evacuation is issued, do so immediately. And notify neighbors and family members outside of the warned area of your evacuation plans.
For personal protection, prepare a checklist of items you need.
- Be sure all family vehicles are fueled and serviced.
- Have enough water and food on hand. There should be at least two weeks worth of drinking water kept in clean, air-tight containers -- that's about fourteen gallons per person. There should be enough food for three to seven days, and they should be non-perishable packaged or canned food.
- Be sure there is enough prescription medication to last at least ten days.
- Stock up on extra batteries for radios, flashlights and lanterns.
- Have a full-stocked first-aid kit.
- And be sure you have on hand an extra supply of cash, as bank machines and a-t-ms may not be available for an extended period of time.