Hurricane Season Prediction
Whether you live on a Southern or Eastern coastline, or even on the Great Plains and beyond, hurricane season can spell crazy weather for your neck of the woods. Hurricanes coming from the Atlantic Ocean are so powerful that they can affect weather patterns for thousands of miles inland. In 2018, the United States experienced a slightly above-average year for named storms, and in the current 2019 Hurricane Season, which is officially from June 1st through November 30th, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration increases chance for an above-normal season. https://www.noaa.gov/media-release/noaa-increases-chance-for-above-normal-hurricane-season But if there’s one thing that climate change is teaching us, it’s that the planet can do unexpected things, so it’s always best to prepare for hurricanes and large storms every year. As the old saying goes: “Better safe than sorry!” So we have some tips for you to prepare yourself and your family, whether you’re down by the beach, way up in the hills, or anywhere in between.
- Keep extra supplies on hand. Whether you live in the middle of nowhere or in the middle of a large metropolitan area, if the power goes out and there’s a panicked run on local stores that clears the shelves, do you have enough water, food, fuel and cooking supplies to survive for at least 30 days? That may sound extreme, but wouldn’t you rather have these items on hand and not need them, as opposed to needing them but not having them? Plan for at least 2,000 calories per person per day, and ideally more like 3,000 if you have room. A basic guide for water is to have one gallon per person per day as a minimum for drinking, cooking and hygiene. Baby wipes can save you a lot of water for basic cleaning and you can also buy dried foods in emergency packaging to preserve the limited space for water you’ll have in your vehicle.
Make an evacuation plan. Where will you go if your area is flooded or there are other disaster-type
conditions? Have you asked family or friends in a couple of different
locations about whether they can host you in the event of an emergency?
What are the primary and alternate routes that you’ll take to each
location? Will you have enough fuel on hand to get there? These are basic
planning considerations that could literally save your family’s
lives. You don’t need to be a zombie-apocalypse level prepper to
spend a couple hours mapping things out and prepositioning the supplies
you’ll need for easy access in your garage or other storage area.
- Speaking of supplies. What will you sleep in? If your vehicle isn’t large enough to allow you and your loved ones to get some rest, then having a tent, sleeping bags, and other basics can be a great way to ensure that you’ll have an emergency place to lay your head as you travel. Make sure you also stock critical supplies like flashlights and extra batteries. Also, think about your medications and any other temperature-sensitive items – you might need to save some room for a small cooler that you can fill with any remaining ice in the house before you hit the road. If you’re in the hurricane zone, you’ll also want to stock some plywood boards, nails and hammers in advance so that you can make some final preparations to protect your home’s windows.
- Communications and Information. We’ve all become so accustomed to cell phones with internet access, but what if you’re left in the dark with no signal? Do you have a road atlas on hand to help you navigate? Do you have a list of loved ones’ phone numbers written down somewhere in case your phone dies or is damaged during an emergency event? Do you know every username and password by heart for the many websites you use for your electronic banking and other money-related transactions? What if you’re on the road and you finally get to a place that has internet, but you’ve forgotten that critical password? Backup copies of this kind of information could make things far less stressful and help you during your emergency travels. You might want to also consider keeping at least $1000 in cash on hand and putting it in a small safe along with any other family heirlooms, key documents like birth certificates, wills and deeds to your vehicles or properties.
Make a checklist. The better you prepare for a hurricane or other disaster evacuation now,
the smoother things will go if you’re facing an emergency situation.
You’ll be pretty stressed when a storm is approaching, so make a
list that you keep with your prepositioned supplies. This will help you
to not forget anything essential when you only have hours to pack your
family into your vehicle and head to a safer area. We hope 2019 is a calmer-than-usual
year for hurricanes and other natural disasters, but if it’s not,
at least now you’ll be as prepared as you can be!
More info? For information on household storm hacks and preparing for a storm, read our other post: HOUSEHOLD STORM HACKS YOU PROBABLY DIDN'T THINK ABOUT
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