Hurricane Preparation Part One: Have A Plan
Growing up in Louisiana, hurricanes have always been a part of life. I vividly remember Hurricane Katrina and the devastation the storm brought to our state. We lost power for approximately two weeks in Baton Rouge and cell phones, well they didn’t work at all. People who needed to relocate or who were starting over were calling Baton Rouge REALTORS left and right. Part of your plan might be to connect with a local real estate professional.
Fast forward a couple years later and Hurricane Gustav came roaring through causing a tree to fall through my house. So I have experienced my share of hurricanes and helping my real estate clients in a time of need.
I am now urging people to plan and prepare for hurricanes and other natural disasters. I have decided to write a series of blog posts sharing my thoughts on being prepared for the next storm or disaster that may come.
Part One: It All Starts With A Plan
We live in a society that has become deponent upon the government to take care of the people. When disaster strikes, society will be filled with people waiting to be rescued. Planning ahead can mean the difference between life or death. Chaos and confusion can be as big of a problem as the storm. Together with your family, decide ahead of time what you will do when a hurricane is imminent.
Create An Emergency Plan
Allow your family to participate in creating the plan so that they will be prepared as well. This will also allow children to feel more comfortable in a scary situation. They will know what to do and what to expect. Tess Pennington, author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, recommends the following:
- How will you get in touch with each other?
- Who is an out-of-area person that could coordinate communication if you are separated?
- What will happen if the kids are in school?
Once you have created your emergency plan, it’s time to get organized. Have checklists, important phone numbers, emergency plans, etc . . . in one handy binder helps. Consider adding the following . . .
- Family ID information: Current photos, fingerprints, birth certificates, etc.
- Food recipes
- Evacuation routes
- Survival manual
- Contact information of close relatives and friends
- Veterinary records for your pets
- Medical information for all family members
- Important documents such as wills, social security cards, birth certificates, mortgage, insurance documents, etc . . .
- Map of the area
- Special photos and memorbilia
- Up to date photos of all your family members and pets
Consider putting these documents on a flash drive as well. Consider getting a waterproof, shockproof, vibration proof USB flash drive like the Corsair Survivor Flash Drive. They are a bit expensive, but remember, you will be thankful if you ever find yourself in a situation starting from scratch knowing you have all your important documents and photos safe and secure!
I hope you have enjoyed part one of getting prepared for the next hurricane. Look for part two coming soon!