Hurricane Survival Checklist: What to Prepare Ahead of Time

Throughout hurricane season, our daily routine includes monitoring the weather to stay ahead of developing storms and their potential tracks. As early as 6+ days out from landfall, the Deployed Resources team is already preparing and reaching out to existing clients and local government agencies to determine deployment plans and necessities.

If you live in a hurricane prone area, it is important to be knowledgeable and take steps to prepare prior to landfall. Early-on preparation is also beneficial in case of any evacuation needs. Having these steps in place will allow you to focus your efforts on moving to safety.

Check out 5 ways you can prepare for a hurricane ahead of time:

  1. Develop a plan that you and your family review prior to each hurricane season. News of an incoming hurricane often brings anxiousness and causes people to panic. If a well-thought out plan is already in place, you will be well-versed in launching into action.
  2. Stock up on materials. When news of a hurricane hits, people rush to the stores to stock up on materials they might need—often times, leaving the shelves empty. Prior to hurricane season, put together a disaster kit that will keep you covered for at least 72 hours. The following list includes basic items to include:
    • Water (1 gallon/per person/per day for drinking and sanitation)
    • Non-perishable food
    • Manual can opener for food
    • Batteries
    • Flashlights
    • Whistle to call for help
    • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
    • First aid kit
    • Local map
    • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
    • Cell phone, backup charger, and emergency contacts
    • Copies of personal items in a waterproof container
    • Extra cash
  1. Fill up your gas tanks. Gas is usually one of the first commodities to run out and may be needed for a generator in addition to your car.
  2. Protect your home. Secure and cover any glass doors, windows, and furniture to prevent them from breaking or receiving damage.
  3. If you are not evacuating your home, line and fill your bathtubs. This will provide you with backup water if needed.

With hurricane season in full gear, we are ready to respond. Learn more about how Deployed Resources responds in the face of disaster.

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