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I’ve lived in North Carolina my whole life. I am no stranger to hurricanes and the intense level of planning that goes into them. I’ve suffered through a lot of power outages, flooding, and devastation around me. While I have been fortunate to have never lost a thing in a storm, some of my fellow North Carolinians have lost their entire lives.
If you live in any area where you can be slammed by a hurricane, I am here to give you 10 tips to how to prepare for a hurricane.
This is important. Water is essential. Bottles of water, gallons of water from the storm, filling up your bathtub before the storm because you can’t flush your toilets during the storm, etc. It helps to always stay stocked up instead of waiting for a storm to arrive. Stores will normally restock water before the storm nearly nightly if they know the storm is coming, but you can’t be sure. Make sure to get to the stores in the early morning.
Make sure that you have non-perishable food. Your power can go out and you need to be able to eat. Load up on bread, peanut butter, or anything you can make over a gas stove or grill – yes, we are know to grill in hurricanes, welcome to the South, y’all.
BATTERIES, FLASHLIGHTS, CANDLES, AND MATCHES.
And the Lord said, let there be light, but you have to provide it yourself. Have matches ready to strike and batteries ready to put into flash lights. The power will likely go out at some point. Time for ghost stories.
Fill up your tank. This is to make sure that in case of an evacuation, you can get out of dodge without the worry of running out of gas. If you can’t find gas, I would recommend the app GasBuddy. It lets you know who around you has gas.
HAVE AN EVACUATION PLAN.
This is imperative. Always have a back up plan and know where you can go in case you are forced to evacuate. Always seek higher ground if you can’t find a place that is far enough away from the storm.
TAKE INVENTORY OF VALUABLES.
Know what is most valuable. Take it with you or keep it in a safe place. Have it all in one place in a waterproof bag so that you can grab it and go in case of an emergency evacuation.
PROTECT YOUR HOME.
Sand is your friend in this case. Sandbags can prevent flooding and water damage. Board your windows, shut your blinds, and bring things outside that could get tossed around like chairs and tables inside. Also, do not put duct tape on your windows. That’s more dangerous because the glass will break into bigger shards.
KNOW YOUR INSURANCE POLICY.
Review your policies. Normally, a natural disaster such as a hurricane and damaged from it is covered. Flooding is normally not covered. Know what your policy covers and plan accordingly.