Prepare your home for Hurricane Season
Hurricane season is in full swing for 2018. These massive storms can cause a great deal of damage including powerful winds, flooding and even tornadoes as we’ve seen from Hurricanes Matthew & Irma. According to the top weather forecasters, September is the busiest month for hurricanes to make landfall. In any event, it’s still best & safest to be prepared regardless.
While Florence currently looks to be heading to the Carolina’s, should we see another hurricane headed our way it is important to prepare your family and your home! Here are a few tips from the CDC for preparing your home in coastal Georgia.
- Clean your yard. If your yard is littered with toddler toys & lawn chairs like mine is, this might not be what you wanted to hear. Before the storm hits, you want to make sure your yard is clear of anything that could blow around and damage your home. This includes patio furniture, those pesky toddler toys, cooking grills, and bicycles- anything not secured.
- Cover those windows. Head down to our friends at Harris Ace Hardware and grab some plywood to cover your windows. Not only will this save you from having to replace any windows, but it will also keep your family safe from shattered glass.
- Fill containers with clean drinking water. You may want to pick up some bottled water but you can also fill pitchers and other containers for potable water during and after the storm. Fill up those sinks and bathtubs, too, for washing.
- Prepare to lose power. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence with hurricanes. Wind may cause trees to fall and take power lines with them, and if some areas are hit badly it can take days to resolve outages. Stock up on batteries, flashlights and possibly a generator to “weather the storm” until power is restored. We would also suggest loading up on non-perishable foods & a radio.
- Check smoke & CO detectors. A forgotten candle or running generator without ventilation could lead to fatal circumstances. Having your smoke & CO detectors up to par could be lifesavers!
As always, during a hurricane stay tuned to National Weather Service updates and alerts. Residents can also subscribe to services like Liberty County EMA’s Alert Liberty, for specific updates in your area. If a mandatory evacuation order is given, the best thing to do is leave. Take your valuables, load up the family and hit the road!
After the storm has passed and it is safe to return home, you may need to assess the damage. Take photos of any damages, and document them with your insurance company. Be careful when picking up debris, as downed power lines may not always be visible.
Consider these pages when looking for information during hurricane season!