In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and with Irma on the way, we’ve found a few hurricane preparedness tips for those in the path of the storm. (Thanks to WhatsApp for finally posting something useful!):
Hurricane Preparedness Tips
1. Start running your ice makers now and bagging the ice in freezer bags. Fill as much space in between your freezer items as you can.
2. Freeze regular tap water for pets, cleaning or drinking, in tupperware-type containers. REMEMBER to leave a small bit of space between the top of the water & the lids so the ice expands but doesn’t crack the container.
3. Start using up your perishables to make more room for ice in the freezer.
4. Fill up all vehicles & check tires & oil.
5. Get cash from the ATM, at least enough to get you through tolls and gas out of town. Call your bank if you plan on leaving the state so they don’t freeze your card for out-of-area “suspicious” transactions.
6. Screenshot all your important documents & send to your email or upload to Google Drive. Take originals in sealed bags or plastic bins.
7. Grab your pet & livestock food & supplies. Get vet records too, in case you need to shelter them at a storm-safe facility.
8. Once you’ve figured out your evacuation plans, share with family members so they know where you’re headed.
9. Consider putting heirlooms & photos in plastic bins in a high place, second floor, or safe room if you don’t plan on taking them with you.
10. SECURE ALL FIREARMS & AMMUNITION PROPERLY.
11. Tightly push old rags & beach towels into your windowsills. Even with the best windows & shutters, water seeping from the wind pressure happens. A few damp towels is better than soaked drywall or floors!
12. Shutter windows and doors and bring everything outside into your garage or house NOW. Do not wait until the day before. Better to get done early and be prepared for last minute fixed than wait until its too late. ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE MANDATORY PERSONNEL (hospital employee or first responder).
13. If you don’t already have your hurricane supplies, get them now. Shelves are already empty in most places.
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