The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season has officially started, and it’s up to you to be prepared. Here are six hurricane preparedness hacks to help you do just that:
The first 72 are on you
According to the Mississippi Emergency Management, it could take up to 72 hours before first responders are able to assist you in the case of a hurricane. Therefore, MEMA suggests you have a supply kit that can last you for a minimum of three days.
What should your supply kit consist of?
Your supply kit should consist of non-perishable foods (e.g., bread, cereal, crackers, granola bars, nuts, and canned fruits, vegetable, juice, and soup), at least one gallon of drinking water per day per person, a flashlight, extra batteries, a first aid kit, any personal hygiene products, any important documents and of course…cash.
Other miscellaneous items to have on hand
A portable radio is always good to have on hand, as well as a cell phone power bank, toilet paper, paper towels, a tool kit, rain gear, duct tape, a manual can opener, matches, extra clothes, plenty of blankets, and a small grill with charcoal and lighter fluid. Also, make sure to have baby supplies (diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, bottles, and ointment) if needed. Some obscure yet clutch items to have ready are maps, a whistle, a couple of books, a fire extinguisher, pen and paper, a portable television, and bleach (bleach can be used to purify water).
Planning for pets
In order to plan for your pets, you should include food, bowls, a carrier, a leash, and extra water in your kit. Another good idea is to make sure your pets have a collar with an updated tag consisting of the pet’s name, your phone number, and address.
Prepare your home
Prepping your home is imperative. Cut back any tree limbs and branches that could snap off and land on your home or a power line. Ensure all windows and doors are sealed and ready. Inspect your roof, and make sure to remove any debris from gutters so that any rain can flow freely. It’s also a good idea to double-check your insurance policy. Most importantly, designate a safe room.
Knowledge is power
To quote Sir Francis Bacon, “knowledge itself is power.” Stay on top of what’s going on by tuning in to your local radio and television stations, plus it may be a good idea to download both the FEMA and NOAA apps. For more knowledge on hurricane preparedness, check out MEMA’s 2021 Emergency Guide.