If you live in a Coastal town Hurricane Prep is a part of life. When storms start to get close signs of the huricane are everywhere. My facebook newsfeed is filled with pictures of the path of the hurricane. Article titles like “Extremely Dangerous Matthew Remains a Category 4 Hurricane” with your home in the cone of uncertainty are a motivator to get ready. I have lived in Florida since I was 3 months old so hurricanes are nothing new to me. As an adult, mom and homeowner my focus for hurricane prep has moved from excitement for hurricane parties to how to keep my house and family safe. Hurricane prep is important to start days before the storm. Below is our hurricane prep list.
Checklist for Hurricane Prep
- Fill cars with gas prices start to go up as storms get closer
- Fill gas cans if you have a generator (test the generator, if you have one)
- Get cash mainly small bills. One hurricane the only money we had was $50 bills, it was like having no money because no businesses wanted to give change for large bills.
- Check batteries in flash lights
- Candles and lighters
Food and Drinks
- Stock up on water and snacks
- Extra ice in the freezer in case power is out to move items to a large cooler
- Fill propane tanks for grill if you don’t have a propane tank at your house
Around the House
- Cut tree branches before bulk pick up date.
- Charge all electronics in case of power outage including any portable charger you have
- Have a plan as to where to move outdoor furniture and items if needed
- Our town has a red alert program for updates I imagine other towns have similar programs
- Finalize your evacuation plans including plans for your pets so you are ready if necessary
Did we miss anything on our list?