Atlantic hurricane season runs from June to November, and the northeast is no stranger to heavy-hitting, warm-weather storms.
Hurricanes pack winds and rain that can result in significant property damage and extended periods of power outage. If a hurricane is in your area’s forecast, follow the tips below to prepare yourself and your property.
Download local news and weather apps before the storm to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in your community.
Charge your phone ahead of time and keep a portable power bank (or better yet, a solar-powered charger) nearby so you can stay informed and in-touch if you lose power.
Stock at least three days’ worth of non-perishable food items, drinking water, medicines, and a manual can opener. A more comprehensive disaster supply checklist can be found at https://www.ready.gov/kit.
Never run a generator inside a building – doing so puts you at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. If you are considering purchasing a generator, do so well in advance. Once a storm is pending they can be difficult to locate.
Use battery-operated lighting in the event of a power outage. Candles present a hazard and must always be monitored.
Ensure you have copies of your important documents and contact numbers on hand. Secure critical documents in a weather-proof lockbox or safe.
Secure outdoor items, such as patio furniture, or bring them inside.
Take care when cleaning up after a storm. Injuries can occur when removing or restoring fallen trees and working in flood waters. Never start cleaning up without receiving a safety notification from authorities.
Thanks to Arbella for sharing these tips!