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Hurricane Season is Here: Are you Ready?

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Hurricane season began June 1st, and lasts until November 30th, with the peak between August and October.

As long time readers know, I started this blog soon after I experienced Hurricane Ike, when I got caught up in long lines at the grocery and gas station, the day before the hurricane hit.  I never want to experience that craziness again, with wall to wall people racing against each other to grab the last case of bottled water or toilet paper.

Now is the time to get your home ready, before the first hurricane watch is issued.

Hurricane Watch vs Hurricane Warning

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With a hurricane watch, you have a bit more time to prepare- a watch is issued when the storm is predicted to arrive within 36 hours.  By the time the hurricane warning is issued, you will be fighting for supplies:  hurricane warnings are issued within 24 hours of a the storm’s arrival.

Easy Steps to Prepare

Emergency Kit

Most people already have a number of supplies lying around their house.  The key is to gather them up and make your kit.  Include at least a week’s day supply of the following:

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  1. water (one gallon per person per day)  and a way to purify water
  2. food – Include food that is easy to prepare in case you lose power.  Don’t forget comfort food such as chocolate, chips, tea and coffee; special needs foods such as baby formula and food
  3. disposable eating utensils so you don’t need to wash dishes
  4. lighting [4] – plenty of flashlights, batteries, lanterns
  5. cooking backup such as a propane stove
  6. battery powered or crank radio
  7. cash in case debit or credit cards are not working
  8. clean clothes (Wash clothes before the storm hits)
  9. hygiene and personal care [5] items, toilet paper
  10. trash bags
  11. first aid, including prescriptions
  12. pet food and supplies
  13. entertainment [6] that does not require electricity
  14. basic tools in case of fallen branches or minor repairs:  ax, saw, duct tape, rope, plastic tarp

If you are planning to buy a generator, set it up now [7], or hire an electrician to do it as it takes time to get it ready to use.

Emergency Plans

Financial Issues

Getting ready before that first hurricane watch comes will alleviate a lot of worries and last minute rushing around.  Do yourself and your family a favor and get ready now.

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