In honor of Hurricane Ivan's 10th anniversary, here are a few tips for hurricane preparation.
1) Prepare your family early. Official hurricane season starts on June 1st and ends on November 30th. Have a list of emergency contacts and a plan in case an evacuation is necessary. Know the evacuation route out of your town.
2) Start collecting canned goods and nonperishable items. To be honest, Dan and I just started our hurricane stash. (Don't judge!) We realized that if a natural disaster were to happen, we'd have very little to survive on.
3) Have enough water. Rule of thumb is one gallon per person per day. We've made it a rule to buy a case of water each time we go grocery shopping. Best thing to do is to look for discounts and coupons!
4) Stock up on batteries and if you can, buy a generator. If you have a grill, buy a propane tank. A battery-operated radio is a must-have.
5) Make sure your family has a variety of medicine in the cabinet.
6) Make sure that valuables (paperwork, jewelry, money, etc.) are in a fireproof waterproof life proof safe. There are some items that money can't buy back, so make sure these items are kept high and are protected!
7) It wouldn't hurt to keep sandbags in your garage in case of flooding.
8) Don't forget about your furry pals! Make sure they have enough food and water as well! Have them microchipped in case they get lost in the storm.
For more information, check out the National Hurricane Center. Maybe hurricanes aren't the natural disaster in your area. I highly encourage everyone to learn about national disaster preparation. You never know when or where they'll strike next.
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