When it comes to Mother Nature, it’s her that calls the shots. And while we may not be able to stop forces such as hurricanes, we can prepare for them. In the world of natural disasters, preparation is our best defense. If you are at risk of getting hit by a natural disaster, like a hurricane, then here are some of the best tips to prepare yourself.
Protect Your Valuables
It’s important that you protect all of your valuables that could potentially get destroyed in the storm. If you hope to file a claim for a loss, you’ll need to be able to show a total inventory of what you had and what was damaged.
It’s much more convincing for your claim if you can prove that you made an effort to protect your valuable belongings by lifting them off of the floor, and putting them in a secure location within your home. The same goes for your important documents such as birth certificates, passports, or other critical paperwork. Put them in a safe place where they will be protected from wind and water
Put Shutters on Your Windows
One of the most important things you should do when preparing for a storm is install shutters on your windows. Storm shutters will help protect the inside of your home from flying objects such as trees, and even debris from nearby destroyed buildings. If you don’t have the budget or means to install impact resistant windows, then plywood with nails is enough to suffice.
Move Your Vehicle to Safety
Before the storm hits, it’s important that you move your car to a safe place. If you park your car under an unstable tree, power lines, or anything that could fall on top of your car, then you’re asking for trouble. The smart thing to do is to move your car against a strong wall, like your parking garage, clear of any objects that could smash the windshield.
Put Together an Emergency Kit
An emergency kit is one of the best ways to prepare yourself for a big storm like a hurricane. An emergency kit should be full of everything from blankets, to candles, to flashlights. The idea is to think of anything you could possibly need should you be without power or access to running water. If you have children, your emergency kit should be even more complete.
Charge Your Phone
Since you won’t be able to charge your phone after a hurricane hits, make sure that your battery is juiced up and ready to go before you lose power. Put your phone on low power mode, and avoid using it to save power for later. If possible, buy an external charging battery so you can fully charge your phone even in the absence of electricity.