1. Storm shelters
The most effective way of protecting yourself from a hurricane or tropical storm is to build an in-house storm shelter. Typically found in the basement, these rooms can withstand a lot of damage and protect your loved ones. The storm cannot touch you when you are underground between thick concrete walls.
2. Evacuation meeting points
It is essential to set an evacuation zone and have a plan for where to meet in the event of a storm. Educate your children about this and do trial runs similar to fire drills in school. Make a meeting point somewhere so that everybody knows where to go if a hurricane is about to strike. Prudence can save lives.
3. Tornadoes too
Hurricanes are serious complications; however, tornadoes can pose similar dangers within similar areas. High winds can rip roofs off buildings and cause damage to property as well. Follow the same rules when one of these twisters touch down to avoid any problems.
4. Off the grid
When storms happen, the electricity tends to go out and we lose touch with things we normally take for granted. Phones will be inoperative, utilities in the kitchen and other appliances will be useless. Make sure you have plenty of food and water available in case you don’t have many non-perishable items around. A power generator could be a worthwhile investment too.
5. Air conditioners
In your storm shelter, you should try installing an air-conditioner and/or heater. If you are stuck down there for a long time, you may as well be comfortable. You can never be too prepared when disaster strikes.
For additional comfort pop a sofa down in the shelter as well. Throw in a few extra pillows and make it feel as homely as possible.
7. Community meetings
If you want to save some money and are close enough with your neighbors then you may want to consider sharing the cost of a storm shelter with them. If your houses are right next to each other, you could construct the shelter between the two. This can be beneficial for both parties.
8. Watch your car
Make sure that your car isn’t obstructing any traffic lanes during a storm. Remember to park it in the garage or on the side of the street where it won’t cause problems. If you are worried about damage being done to it buy some additional insurance if necessary.
Never go outside carrying a metal pole or run with an umbrella in an open field. There is the off chance that you could get struck and get brain damage. Stay inside and you will be fine. You don’t have to hide under the bed with your dog. You are more courageous than that!
10. External shelters
This was mentioned earlier; however, you should seriously consider this alternative if your basement cannot house an in-house shelter. They may not be as convenient, but they are just as safe. Make sure you have set a solid evacuation plan before heading outside to enter the shelter.
By following these tips, hopefully you and your family will understand how to prepare for a hurricane more effectively. You can never be too careful in the event of a storm or tornado. Keep an eye on the skies and don’t forget your raincoat!
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