Preparing For A Hurricane
There is little good about a hurricane, except for the fact that you will always get plenty of warning before it makes landfall. Thanks to modern meteorology and communications, hurricanes are detected when they just begin, and they can be tracked through satellite radar. This means that in most cases, you will have plenty of time to get ready before the hurricane reaches you. It would be inadvisable to wait for the last minute to begin your hurricane preparations, so have everything ready for when the time comes.
Securing Your House
Much of the damage done by a hurricane results from broken windows causing the house to flood. In order to protect your windows from high winds and objects being hurled about by the storm, you should have some kind of coverings for your windows. You can buy storm shutters that can remain decorative elements on your home until needed. More basic metal covers are also available. These will help to keep your windows intact, and spare your home and its contents water damage.
It is also easy to make plywood window protectors for your windows. These are a low-cost solution that will work every bit as well as shutters. The plywood protectors will be taken down and stored when there is no storm at hand, but will help to assure that your home will receive a minimum of water damage during the storm.
Before the hurricane hits is a good time to check on your roof and chimney, if you have one. Broken shingles and a crumbling chimney can become hazards during a hurricane, and both should be fixed as quickly as possible.
Providing For Comfort And Survival
When a hurricane approaches, it is not uncommon for all the food and bottled water in the stores to disappear within a very short time. This is not the time to begin thinking about emergency supplies, they should already be in a safe, dry spot. You should have an emergency supply of water that will keep everyone hydrated until conditions have stabilized. Likewise, you should have enough non-perishable food to see you through at least one week. If you have pets, you should have extra water and some of their food set aside, too.
A first aid kit should be ready, and you should have extra blankets on hand in case they are needed. Although it may not be needed in most cases, you should probably also have a tent to use for emergency shelter should your home be rendered uninhabitable.
In order to get through the emergency caused by the hurricane with as little disruption as possible, you should have emergency lighting on hand as well Candles are always a dependable, if weak, source of light, but liquid fuel lanterns and rechargeable lights are available to give a stronger means to light your home. If you cook with a gas stove, it will probably be possible to use this during the hurricane, but if you rely upon electricity, it would be a good idea to have an emergency stove on hand to provide for hot cooked meals.