How To Prepare Yourself for The Hurricane Season and More!

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How To Prepare Yourself for The Hurricane Season and More!


You don’t have to live in a hurricane area to be prepared for natural or other disasters. 


Even though the 2021 Hurricane Season officially began on June 1, there are other reasons why it pays to prepare your home and your family for emergencies that could cause you to be without power, water,and outside resources or force you to leave your home. 


Those of us in Texas had no idea that in February we’d have snow and freezing weather that caused massive power outages and some shortages in stores and gas stations.  (more than 4.5 million homes and businesses were without power)


Fires or earthquakes in CA, tornadoes, or a gas leak in your community could force you out of your home. 


What to do…


Make a plan

Know where you would go and what you would take. Write it down and don’t just have it in your head.

Know what your insurance covers

Knowing what will and won’t be covered helps to alleviate some of the stress in these situations.


Gather your supplies

Most of us have non-perishables in our pantry but now is a good time to inventory what you have. Make sure that what you have would not require an oven or microwave! Don’t laugh at peanut butter or crackers!

Check to make sure that you have a can opener and utensils for these supplies. Check your First Aid Kits


Buy a case or gallon jug of water every time you go to the market. Remember-one gallon a day per person.

Check your flashlights, batteries, and any other emergency equipment you might need. If you’ve stored batteries in a flashlight that you haven’t used in a while, be sure to check that there’s no corrosion.


If you have external batteries for charging your devices make sure they’re charged and you know where they are. 


Note: Invest in a headlamp for hands-free lighting!


Take photos and videos of your home inside and out. 


Make sure that your devices and important information is backed up. 

This is not just for your personal information for what you need at work. Make it a habit to do so.

Have a printed list of numbers you need

If the internet is down, how are you going to access the numbers?  You’ll want numbers for the important people in your life, medical, insurance...whatever and whomever you need to contact. 


Prepare your car

Should you decide to evacuate, is your car reliable?  If you’ve been delaying certain repairs, now is the time to make sure that you and your family will be safe should you decide to leave the area.

Also make sure that your car has flashlights, a first aid kit, and a road map!)


Download Government and Emergency Alerts to Your Phone


Have an Emergency “To Go” Bag

What if you had to leave your home with only a few minute’s notice? Would you know what to take and would you be able to gather it quickly?

Medication? Glasses? Keys? Checkbook and credit cards?  



Don’t Forget to Prepare for Your Pets!

For example, some shelters will not take pets, and if they do, they need proof of vaccines. 


Chances are you will never have to use these tips...I hope not. But why not give yourself and your family peace of mind!



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Comments (50)

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Being proactive saves lives and I'd rather eat peanut butter and crackers and have electricity than do without! Thank you for the very important message Kathy.

Jun 03, 2021 05:36 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Chris Ann Cleland don't forget, it's not just for those in hurricane prone areas. 

Carol Williams I have a solar charger too. During the freeze when we lost power, our Prius was one big charging station. We had the garage door open and kept our battery paks charged up!  

Jun 03, 2021 07:37 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker you're so right. I can remember last year(?) when Ron and Alexandra Seigel had to be prepared in case they had to leave because of the fires. 

George Souto way to go!!!! Yea!

Jun 03, 2021 07:38 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS I'm not sure if he was in those...I'll ask him. 

HI Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate so good to hear from you!  And yes, I remember before the hurricanes they always suggest that people have enough for 3 days and it never fails that people are complaining after one day that they have no food or water. 

And as for protection...I'm from Texas. nuff said. 

Jun 03, 2021 07:43 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! I love my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. 

Jun 03, 2021 07:48 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Lots of wise suggestions here, Kathy, and not just for those having to deal with hurricanes. They are predicting a touch wildfire season again here becuase of the worsening drought.


Jun 03, 2021 08:43 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

@kathy streib

Thanks for the thorough Preparation List! Definitely plan to follow each step this summer if we go to the beach this summer . Lynn

Jun 03, 2021 11:34 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

The only thing I need to stock up on is  Bud Lite, otherwise I'm good

Jun 04, 2021 12:11 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

After 35 years in the Houston area, I remember going through many scary hurricanes. This is great information.

Jun 04, 2021 04:57 AM
Number Cruncher LLC - Overton, NV
Helping Taxpayers Resolve IRS problems

Good Morning Kathy Streib.  Great information.  I am glad I don't live in an area that has to worry about hurricanes!

Jun 04, 2021 05:46 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Kathy Streib You always have such wonderful information and tips for us. I hope you do not mind if I share on my page 

Jun 04, 2021 07:19 AM
Matthew Klinowski, PA
Downing Frye Realty - Naples, FL
Naples Golf Guy | Find Your Dream Lifestyle

Good morning Kathy, thanks for the solid tips on hurricane preparedness. Although we hate to do it, it is the smart thing to do. Hopefully these are the only hurricanes we'll see this year!


Jun 05, 2021 02:44 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Excellent Kathie.  I live in a coastal area and this is a good start to what you need. 

Jun 05, 2021 08:30 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

A very detailed list for being prepared for any emergency.  We don't have the heavy summer storms, but can lose power for up to a week with a heavy snow fall.

Jun 05, 2021 02:12 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Kathy Streib ,

What an awesome list to be prepared for "whatever" is thrown our way! One never knows what can come out way and its always better to be prepared! Better safe than sorry.

Jun 05, 2021 03:58 PM
Karen Climer
Demetree School of Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Teaching people to pass the real estate exam

Great advice.  It's important to always be ready for hurricanes.

Jun 06, 2021 04:17 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Most of our Hurricane activity is from late August to Oct .  We don’t need another Hurricane Sandy !!

Jun 08, 2021 07:00 AM
Caroline Gerardo
Sun West Mortgage Corporation - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

What a marvelous post, so helpful

Jun 08, 2021 09:13 AM
Rachel Morin
Red Rock Real Estate - Saint George, UT

I have been taught all my life on preparedness.  The religion I belong to is HUGE on it and has been able to be the first to respond to many catastrophies around the world because of the preparedness guidelines and organization that is implemented.  


I think what Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate said is also important about looters.  In fact, I don't think it's a bad idea to store alcoholic beverages to trade/barter with if/ when the bad guys come.  

I would love to know of a time when you were so glad that you were prepared personally for something. 

Jun 08, 2021 04:24 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate

     I don't drink hard liquor (and I know that you don't, Rachel).  However, we do have several cases in our storage closet, for bartering when the day comes.  


Jun 08, 2021 05:27 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

my daughter has moved to Miami and is living on the 30th floor of a new apartment building - i know she has sneakers to walk down all those stairs when they lose power. 

Jun 19, 2021 10:20 AM