How To Prepare Yourself for The Hurricane Season and More!

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty NRDS # 146013739

Please don't dismiss this blog that Kathy Streib writes about just because you don't get hurricanes.  The first thing I thought about was this doesn't apply to me living in Sedona Arizona.  I came from California that had all kinds of disasters.  Drought, fire, mudslides, and earthquakes were among the top calamities that I have seen and experienced. Of course, I experienced Hurricane Carla as a young girl.  

Here in Arizona, we can experience Microbursts (pictured above) and of course, devastating fire.  In fact, 15 years ago, our area was almost evacuated because of the Brins Mesa Fire (2006).  If the wind had not shifted to the north, Soldiers Pass homes could have been engulfed in flames.  

My point is this, take time to read this excellent blog, because you never know when it might affect you.  With all the cyberattacks that have endangered our country,  we could be subjected to anything and preparation is the key to our safety. 

Original content by Kathy Streib

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!

 

 

 Kathy Streib 

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Comments (13)

John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Sheri Sperry - MCNE® this is very good report about how to prepare for the hurricane season and more.

Jun 03, 2021 11:58 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi John Pusa - Kathy Streib did an excellent job reminding us to be prepared for emergencies. 

Jun 03, 2021 12:59 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for sharing Kathy Streib's post with. Best to be prepared Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 

Jun 03, 2021 03:18 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sheri= I so appreciate your sharing my post and stressing that this is not just for those in hurricane-prone areas!!!!  BTW- I remember staring out of our front door during Hurricane Carla and watching the rain all day long. 

Jun 03, 2021 04:37 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a timely selection for a reblog. 

One of the concerns for many of us is a freezer full of food that might spoil if the power goes off.

Jun 04, 2021 04:46 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Emergency preparation is an important thing we should all acquaint ourselves with.  Here in California, we don't have many hurricanes, but we do need to prepare for wildfires and earthquakes.

Jun 04, 2021 10:46 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Sheri, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jun 04, 2021 10:56 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®

Thanks so much for featuring this blog to get the awareness out there.

Jun 07, 2021 07:41 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sheri, so glad we don't have to deal with hurricanes, but tornadoes are very scary too.

Jun 07, 2021 07:12 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - We always need to be prepared for any type of emergency...

Jun 07, 2021 07:35 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - You are so welcome.  Emergency preparedness is not just about Hurricane Season.  As a young girl, I didn't realize how strong this storm really was.

Jun 07, 2021 07:37 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Roy Kelley - Today's modern freezers can handle a short outage without problem but a long outage is another story. 

Jun 07, 2021 07:38 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - You are so right.  Coming from California, I experienced everything except tornadoes and hurricanes.  I lived near 2 national forests and we had to be ready to go.   

Jun 07, 2021 07:41 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Joan Cox - Tristan wanted to watch the movie "Tornadoes".  It got me to thinking that with a tornado, you have very little time to save yourself let alone evacuating.  Very similar to living in an earthquake-prone area.  

Jun 07, 2021 07:43 AM