Our weather has continuously been strange and highly unpredictable. Now, more than ever, storms have been larger and more frequent. That being said, it is highly important to be prepared. Today, we wanted to give some important tips regarding what you should prepare before a storm hits your area.
Shore Up Windows and Doors
Storms and hurricanes tend to have monstrous wind speed and torrential rain. If you leave your doors and windows unprotected, they can easily shatter or can be hit by projectiles that used to be regular old things that were picked up by the storm.
Before the storm hits, it’s important that you protect your windows and your doors. You can do so by getting plywood or storm shutters to help bolster it.
Before the storm hits, it is crucial that you have enough of the following:
- Food (which can be eaten without preparation like crackers or canned tuna)
- Clean drinking water
- Clean water for your bathroom and your kitchen
- Flashlights with fresh batteries
- Medicine for everyone in your home
- Warm clothing stack to last up to 4 days or so
- Fully charged mobile devices and fully charged power banks
- Reusable utensils and a utility knife
- Candles and matches
These are important as they can help keep you in comfort should the power or water go out.
Build a First Aid Kit
You must never let a storm roll over you without having a first aid kit in your home. You never really know what can happen and first-aid kits can be bought at your local hardware store. If you’re not quite sold on the kits that are sold to the public, you can build your own. Just make sure it has:
- Antiseptic sprays or solutions
- Emergency medicine
- First-aid manual
- Medical tape
You can always check out posts online and medical magazines for their suggestions on what should be part of your first-aid kit. A first-aid kit can make the difference between your personal well-being and being in danger. When it comes to a storm that can last for days, you should never put your safety and well-being at risk for anything.
Bug Out Bag
A bug out bag is generally a bag that is often just set aside that is comprised of important documentation, 3 days worth of clothes, a small first-aid kit, a small tool kit, money, and a few other things.
A bug out bag comes in handy if you’ll need to suddenly leave your home because you’ve been ordered to evacuate the area. Even if there is no storm, having a bug out bag is a generally good idea. At least, even if you have to leave you home, you’ll have essentials and you know that you have things that can help keep you safe.
We hope that the points and tips that we shared today can help you better prepare for any storm that’s heading your way! Always keep an eagle eye out for any advisory about oncoming storms and determine if it would be best to ride it out or to evacuate to safety. What do you prep before a storm comes in?