If you have lived in the south, then you know hurricanes are a big deal. Preparations are needed to secure your home, supplies need to be on hand for emergencies and an evacuation plan needs to be prepared if the situation calls for it. Other than these normal preparations, what tips can help you better prepare for a hurricane? At South Pointe Apartments and Homes, we’re used to hurricane season and what it brings. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of important tips to help you prepare for hurricane season.
Make a plan
As we all know, hurricanes are unpredictable. In the case of a last-minute evacuation being ordered, it’s important to know what to do and where to go to evacuate. That’s why it’s critical to have an emergency plan on hand for anything unexpected. Make a plan to have necessities ready to go and a way to stay updated to follow any local community orders. Decide where you plan to evacuate and have personal documents and information included when you pack.
Secure the exterior
One way to help minimize damage to your home is to bring all outside patio furniture, toys and potted plants indoors. Move your vehicle away from trees with loose branches, branches that can potentially drop onto your vehicle or power lines during the hurricane. If necessary, secure any outdoor sculptures or newly planted trees with blankets or burlap tied with rope. If you’re in a home, consider plywood or storm shutters to protect your windows.
Make sure to power up all of your technological devices to have ready in the case of power loss or evacuation. Along with powering up your devices, fill up your car’s gas tank to add to your preparations. Gas stations may be out of gas depending on your area so it’s important to have that taken care of before the hurricane hits. Test your generator and have plenty of fuel if you have one to ensure it will work if the time comes.
Store important documents
If you store your important documents and haven’t taken a look at them, make sure to pull those documents out and have them ready to take in the case of a last-minute evacuation. Some of these documents can include marriage licenses, financial papers, birth certificates and legal documents. Even valuable and sentimental items you want to keep should be stored and packaged for travel to ensure safety.
Prep an emergency kit
No one wants to find themselves in a situation where they do not have the supplies they need during an emergency. Before a hurricane, gather non-perishable foods, flashlights, batteries, candles, matches, cash, bottled water, clothing, toiletries, blankets, a portable radio, medical supplies and more to help ensure your safety in case the unexpected happens. Having these supplies on hand will help your experience during a hurricane.
Identify a shelter room
If you choose to bear the storm during a hurricane, be sure to identify a shelter room in your home to avoid injury in case windows, doors or your home’s structure is breached. The best shelter room usually has no windows and is in a central part of your home. Try to avoid all unprotected windows and doors until the hurricane passes. If the hurricane strengthens, your shelter room will be your best option until the hurricane is through.
Implementing steps of preparation for hurricane season can be the difference in a make-or-break situation. South Pointe Apartments and Homes is committed to keeping our residents safe during hurricane season. Contact us today by calling (251) 971-3800 or visiting our website at www.southpointeapartmentsandhomes.com.