Getting Prepared for Major Weather Events

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Sandra Nickel REALTORS

It’s hurricane season folks, and while Montgomery is in a very low risk hurricane zone, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared should a major weather event occur. This year the NOAA predicts an above normal Atlantic Hurricane Season thanks to ongoing La Niña and above-average Atlantic temperatures. Having your hurricane supplies ahead of time will save you from having to fight the crowds at stores right before a storm hits. And some of these items will be useful on average stormy, summer nights as well.

Your HURRICANE KIT should contain the following:

  • Flashlights & extra bulbs
  • Battery-operated radio
  • Battery-operated lanterns
  • Batteries (in different sizes)
  • Matches
  • First Aid kit
  • Duct Tape
  • Rain gear
  • Clock (wind-up or battery-powered)
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Scissors
  • Can opener
  • Clean clothes
  • Extra blankets
  • Heavy gloves

Have non-perishable food for each person for 3-7 days in two coolers (one for food and one for drinks) with the following:

  • Bottled water (1 gallon/person/day)
  • Canned foods
  • Bottled juice
  • Dry pet food (make sure to include water for your pets)

House Checklist:

  • Remove outdoor items
  • Trim dead branches from trees
  • Board up windows
  • Fill gas tanks and extra containers
  • Have extra cash on hand
  • Move furniture away from windows
  • Store important documents in waterproof containers
  • Have extra supply of medicines on hand

Medical Needs:

  • Medical-alert tags
  • Insect-repellent sprays
  • Feminine hygiene items
  • Sunscreen
  • Soap
  • First Aid kit
  • Prescription medicine
  • Over-the-counter medication
  • Bandages
  • Adhesive tape
  • Antiseptic solution
  • Thermometer
  • Tweezers

Prepare your pets:

  • Water for pets for 3-7 days
  • Non-perishable pet food
  • Crate/carrier/tank
  • Leash
  • Collar or harness
  • Favorite toy
  • Blanket or pillow
  • Clean litter box
  • Updated shots and medical records
  • Microchip and contact information
  • Any medications
  • Calming aids
  • Tags
  • Puppy training pads
  • Heartworm preventatives
  • Rain gear

Hopefully you will never have to use your Hurricane Kit but being prepared for severe weather will give you peace of mind knowing that you are ready should such an event occur.

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home (or both), let me Sandra Nickel, and my Hat Team of Professionals assist you with all your real estate needs! Call us today at 334-834-1500 and check out for more information.

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Comments (3)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Sandra, I hope that there is no need for this but it will be better to prepared then not.  Great blog.


Jun 08, 2022 08:15 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Jun 13, 2022 02:17 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great information.   Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

Jul 13, 2022 05:59 AM