Gulf Coast hurricanes are a rarity, but Katrina taught us when they happen, they leave disaster in their wake. Hurricane Matthew recently wreaked havoc on the eastern seaboard, prompting millions of locals from Florida to North Carolina to evacuate. We’re not immune to hurricanes on the Gulf coast – see what you can do to prepare for the worst this season.
Before the Hurricane
Your preparedness effort should begin now, before an expected hurricane. Start by weather-proofing your home with these easy steps:
Trim and remove all hanging or damaged tree limbs from your property so they don’t cause unnecessary damage. Remember, high-speed winds are one of the gravest threats in a hurricane. Secure all of your loose gutters and downspouts. Clear any debris from gutters to protect your home from water damage. Reinforce all windows and doors, the roof, and the garage door. Consider installing storm windows. Purchase a portable generator for power outages, if you haven’t already. Read all instructions thoroughly, and keep all alternate power sources at least 20 feet from your home for maximum safety. Designate a safe room that will protect you from high winds, in a location above flooding levels. An interior room on the second floor is best.
Prepare During a Hurricane Watch
At the beginning of hurricane season, set your phone to trigger an alert every time there’s a hurricane watch or warning. Tune into the local news often. A hurricane watch does not mean a tropical storm is imminent, rather it signifies optimum conditions for one within the next 48 hours. If you’re alerted to a watch in your area, observe basic precautions:
Review your evacuation plan with your family.
Take inventory of your hurricane supply kit, and add or replace items as needed, examples include diapers, pet food, bottled water, and canned food. Check electronics for batteries. Be sure to have a battery-powered radio and flashlights; include extra batteries in the stash, and make sure the ones in your devices are fresh.
How to React During a Hurricane Warning
The National Weather Service will issue a hurricane warning when one is imminent within the next 36 hours. Keep tabs on the local news. If given an evacuation order, do so as soon as possible, but in an orderly fashion. Check in with friends and family via social media or text as soon as you’re safe.
Hurricanes pose a serious threat to Gulf Coast families. Take steps now to ensure a safe season.
Give us a call at Century 21 Meyer – Kris Powell if you ever have any questions about buying, selling or renting a home in the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach areas.