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How to Stay Safe This Hurricane Season

July 17, 2018 | By Louis Tully

From the beginning of summer to the peak of fall, keeping all eyes on the tropics becomes a normal part of life for people living on the coasts. If you live anywhere near the east, west or gulf coast, you know that hurricanes are a force to be reckoned with this time of year. Catching the outer bands of a hurricane skirting by is one thing, but for those who have been caught dead center in a hurricane’s wrath, it’s an all-out nightmare. If a hurricane hits and you’re unprepared, you’re going need a lot more than an installment loan to recover. Don’t take a chance. Here are a few tips on how you can prepare yourself for the 2018 hurricane season:

Get Your Emergency Kit Ready

Hurricane prep 101 mandates that you have an emergency kit fully stocked and ready to go at the start of every hurricane season. What’s included in a proper hurricane emergency kit? Here are the basics:

  • One gallon of water per person per day for a minimum of three days
  • Non-perishable foods like canned goods (make sure you have a non-electric can opener)
  • Battery-operated flashlight and radio with plenty of extra batteries
  • A whistle for signaling others for help
  • Tools you may need for shutting off utilities gas, water, etc.
  • Cellphone chargers and backup batteries
  • Sanitary supplies such as garbage bags and baby wipes

All of the above-mentioned items fly off the store shelves when a hurricane is approaching, so be proactive and check all these items off your list now before a storm even develops. You’ll be happy you did.

Prepare a Contact List

Another important thing to have in place is an emergency contact list. Compile a list of phone numbers that may come in handy in the event of an emergency. This list should include phone numbers for the following:

  • Local emergency offices
  • County police, fire and rescue</ li>
  • Local hospitals
  • Local utility companies
  • Local Red Cross
  • Local radio and news stations
  • Home insurance provider

The Calm Before the Storm

Right before a hurricane hits, everything will seem like a normal day in the neighborhood, but don’t be fooled. The storm is still fast approaching, so stay indoors and tune in to your local news/weather station for your state governor’s evacuation announcements. It’s also critical to make sure your home is boarded up ahead of time. It’s also recommended to bring anything indoors that can be moved (except propane tanks and any other flammable objects). If there’s a mandatory evacuation for your area, don’t ignore it. Have an evacuation plan in place just in case and be sure to listen in for further updates.

Hurricane Prep Tips for Children

Big storms like these can be particularly frightening for young children. Talk to your kids ahead of time about hurricanes, what they are, how they’re formed and what to expect when one hits. It’s a good idea to show them videos of hurricanes out in the ocean. This may peak their interest and might make them more excited than worried. If you decide to ride out the storm, make sure your kids have something to distract them while the power is out (this is when a tablet or a Nintendo 3DS can really come in handy). If you are evacuating, remind your kids the you’ll come back home once the storm passes and that material things don’t matter as long as your family stays together.