Hurricanes are strong storms that can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property-threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes. Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. Know the difference between the threat levels and plan accordingly.
It’s important that families review the list and tailor it to their location and unique needs. Individuals should also consider preparing two emergency kits — one full kit at home and a smaller portable kit for the workplace or vehicle.
If finances are tight, buy a few things at a time until your kit is complete.
Beyond the basics, consider the following: cash in case credit cards or ATMs cannot be accessed, games and puzzles for kids to pass time, solar-powered cell phone chargers, extra infant formula and pet food, and family documents stored in a portable, waterproof container.
If you have a strong home with extra room, consider letting other family and friends come over to ride out the storm.
If you feel your home is weak, there are steps you can take to protect its roof, wall and foundation. Hurricane clips can prevent your roof from blowing off during a storm, especially if you have an older home with single-wall construction.
“The idea is to take a look at your house. What you want to ensure is a continuous load path, as the engineers say, between the roof, walls and foundation,” explained former State Civil Defense vice director and disaster expert Ed Teixeira.
Hurricane clips are inexpensive — most cost under a dollar a piece — and can be found in any hardware store. They can be installed in about three to four days, or a carpenter or contractor can do it for you.