It’s that time of year again. No, not summer… hurricane season.
It’s a fact of life here in the Gulf South. We enjoy beautiful weather almost year round until hurricane season comes knocking. The most important element of hurricane season is preparation, and knowing when to evacuate.
Follow these tips to make sure you stay safe in event of an evacuation:
If you’ll need to leave your home, make sure you have a place to evacuate to. Think about family members, friends and hotels. Once you’ve decided on a refuge, confirm that you and your family can stay there. You need to make sure your plan is concrete on both ends.
If you’re driving to your destination, be sure to fill up your gas tank before departure. You should also map out alternate routes as there will be huge amounts of traffic leaving the city.
Communication is key during times of severe weather and evacuations.
Once you have decided to evacuate, let all family members know, even those that aren’t coming with you. It is important that everyone knows your whereabouts in case of emergency.
To find out information about the storm, use the internet. Phones will most likely be useless until you reach dry ground. Facebook and Twitter are great resources for live updates.
If you have a lot of valuable possessions stored in your apartment, consider renter’s insurance.
If your property is lost or damaged during a hurricane, renter’s insurance will recover the replacement cost.
Many renters insurance policies will also cover the cost of lodging if your apartment is damaged during the storm.
It’s always a smart idea to have a supply kit ready in case of a sudden evacuation.
Your kit should include one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, three day supply of non perishable food, battery powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries, first aid kit, moist towelettes, garbage bags, local maps, phone chargers and enough clothes for three days.
Remember, hurricanes can occur at any time. Make sure you are always prepared. If this article was helpful, share on Facebook and Twitter.