12 Ways to Prepare for a Hurricane
As Hurricane Florence approaches the Carolinas, you can bet we have been taking precautions all week to prepare for this category 4 hurricane. Initially, it was supposed to be a direct hit for Raleigh. Some reports said the eye was going to go right over us. However, over the last few days, Florence has changed course. Even though it may miss Raleigh now, it is still a great threat to our coast and to our state.
Fortunately, as of this morning Hurricane Florence has slowed down to a category 2 storm. What a lot of people don’t realize, though, is that a category 2 hurricane can still be pretty devastating. As someone who remembers the aftermath of Hurricane Fran, I’m worried about the impact this storm will have on our state. Downed trees, downed powerlines, and flooding can cause a lot of problems. Not to mention the wind gusts and potential tornadoes can be very dangerous as well.
Last year, I wrote a post about how to prepare for a hurricane as a private photo editor, but this year I want to do a more personal post. I want to share with you about some of the things we’ve been doing to prepare for Hurricane Florence, as well as some tips that you may not have thought of.
1. Stock Up on Water
2. Buy Solar Chargers
3. Get Cash
4. Don’t Forget About Your Pets!
5. Buy A Solar Lantern (or two)
6. Buy a Couple of Tarps
7. Grab Charcoal or Propane Tanks for your Grill
If you’re like us and you have an electric stove, you’re going to be in trouble if the power goes out! It’ll be impossible to cook anything. If you have a grill at your home, make sure you stock up on gas or charcoal (depending on your grill) so you can still cook food if you are left without power for a while. Don’t forget to grab some matches if you need them!
8. Protect Your Valuables
If you have to evacuate, make sure you bring all of your important documents with you. Social Security cards, birth certificates, passports, cash, bank statements, hard drives, pictures and all of the other crucial documents you can think of. Whether you need a waterproof container to take with you as you evacuate, or if you want to try to protect some of the things you’re leaving behind, consider getting a waterproof kayaking bag. While these aren’t guaranteed to keep your things dry when fully submerged, it will give them a fighting chance. These bags are designed to keep valuables dry as along as they are not underwater. Try to store it up high away from any flood waters.
9. Buy an Axe (or Chainsaw)
10. Do Laundry
11. Keep All Electronics Charged
Make sure that you keep all of your electronics on their chargers as the storm approaches. A no-brainer — I know. This includes your phones, mp3 players (if you are like me and still use one), iPads, laptops, iWatches, rechargeable batteries, solar chargers, and anything else you can think of. Honestly I’m just including this tip because I’m currently working on my laptop and it’s down to 11%…which is totally something I’d do without thinking just before we lose power.
12. Download the GasBuddy app
Other Tips to Consider:
- Make sure you have enough of any prescription medications you need to take in case you’re unable to get any for a week or two.
- If power does go out, keep your freezer and refrigerator closed. Try to open the doors as little as possible. This will help keep things cold longer.
- Move all of your expensive electronics (computers, TV’s, etc.) and valuables away from windows. Also move to a different floor if you are expecting flooding.
- Keep all of your cars full of gas before the storm hits. It could be a while before gas is available in your area!
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