Although the official Atlantic hurricane season doesn’t officially start until June, it is national hurricane preparedness week. As such, I figured it would be a good idea for you to get ahead of the curve with a few useful resources. So, where should you begin?
These two resources are good places to start:
- Tropical Cyclones – A Preparedness Guide [PDF File] - A several page document that introduces what a hurricane is, how to stay safe, what to do if a hurricane is coming, etc.
- Avoiding Hurricane Damage: A Checklist for Homeowners [PDF File] – Briefly outlines several actions you can take before a hurricane to limit damage including protecting your home from high winds and flooding. Note that many suggestions may require a contractor to perform the work.
You’ll also want to know how to properly cleanup after a flood, if necessary:
- Cleanup of Flood Water – Brief discussion on how to expedite the cleanup process after a hurricane.
- Cleaning and Sanitizing with Bleach after an Emergency – Recommendations on proper mixing and usage instructions to clean and sanitize various items including water, food, mold, etc.
Take 10 minutes and peruse the aforementioned documents, especially the Tropical Cyclones PDF file. If you’re a homeowner then spend some quality time reading the Avoiding Hurricane Damage PDF file. Begin talking to your family about hurricane safety, enact a plan (the reThinkIt! Preparedness Tools may be of use), and make a few simple preparations (such as 72 hour kits)… then build from there.
Remember, after the disaster strikes is too late!