We are now 5 days into the Atlantic hurricane season. As we are seeing violent storms extending to areas of the country that aren’t necessarily used to tropical storms, I thought it might be a good idea to provide some tips to prepare for hurricane season. Ready.gov has some pretty good tips on their website.

I would advise everyone look over the entire list of suggestions, but here are some highlights:

Before the Storm:

  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Know your surroundings.
  • Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone. This will help you know how your property will be affected when storm surge or tidal flooding are forecast.
  • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Another year-round option would be installation of laminated glass with impact-resistant glazing. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.

After the Storm:

  • Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.
  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
  • If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
  • If you cannot return home and have immediate housing needs. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345).

The bottom line: Hurricanes are serious business and you need to take them seriously. Being prepared can make the experience a lot less painful.