Prepare NOW for Hurricane Season and Other Unexpected Events

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Home Stager

Prepare NOW for Hurricane Season and Other Unexpected Events

 

Even if you live in a state where hurricanes aren’t the norm, it never hurts to be prepared for natural or other disasters. There are any number of emergencies that could force you and your family out of your home. Or be without water and power and other outside resources while sheltering in your home.

 

June marks the beginning of our hurricane season and it’s a good time to assess your readiness should you need to evacuate or shelter in place. 

 

For peace of mind, here are 10 helpful tips you can do NOW…

 

1. Make a Plan and Keep It Handy…

Know where you would go if you did have to leave. Make a list of what you need to take. Don’t rely on your memory. 

 

 

2. Know What Your Insurance Covers…

It’s a good idea to have an annual check of your policy. Don’t assume that just because you have insurance that everything will be covered. For example, call your carrier to learn the difference between flood and water damage and see if you are covered. 

 

3. Gather Your Supplies and Evaluate the Ones You Have

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.

If you have a generator, make sure you know how to use it, have fuel for it, and that it works! Remember...do NOT use it indoors.

 

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!

 

 

4. Photograph and/or Video Your Home and Its Contents.


5. If You Aren’t Already Doing So…Make Sure Your Devices Are Backed Up

It’s also a good idea to have a Hard Copy of important information in case you don’t have access to power. Think about it...would you know the phone numbers of your nearest relative or friends without looking at your phone? This list would include medical and insurance information, financial information, and key contacts.

 

6. Prepare Your Home

Trim tree limbs that could damage your home in high winds. Make sure that your battery-operated tools are charged. Check for leaks. 

 

7. Prepare Your Car

If you’ve been needing new tires or have deferred maintenance, get them done. Check items that you always have such as a flashlight, first aid kit, and road map.

 

 

8. Download Government and Emergency Alert Apps

 

9. Have an Emergency “To Go” Bag

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

Medication? Glasses? Keys? Checkbook and credit cards? 

 

10. Prepare Items for Your Pets

Besides water, food, and medication, you’ll need their proof of shots, etc.

 

Odds are you’ll never need these but give yourself peace of mind by being ready.

 

 

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Kathy Streib
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Comments (34)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Exactly Dorie Dillard Austin TX last February (2021) who would have thought we'd be without power for 3 days!!!

Nina Hollander, Broker and you never know when you might be forced to evacuate your home. 

Jun 10, 2022 03:23 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Wayne Martin I learned a lot from living in Fl. And, Houston too has hurricanes 

Dan Hopper our hurricanes here in Houston are about the flooding. In Fl it was about the wind. 

Jun 10, 2022 03:25 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Thank you Sham Reddy CRS Were you ever in a hurricane in Houston?

Brian England I hope you aren't either. There are other natural disasters that could occur and I hope you don't have to see them. 

Jun 10, 2022 03:26 PM
Sham Reddy CRS

I lived in Houston from 1975 till 1984. No we have not been thru a hurricane while we were there, thank God.

Jun 12, 2022 12:35 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Joan Cox you're right. Colorado has fires and sadly you don't get a lot of notice. 

Roy Kelley thank you. Being prepared certainly removes a lot of the stress. 

Bob "RealMan" Timm not just tornadoes...floods, fires, gas leaks. You never know. 

Jun 10, 2022 03:30 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Pat Champion I know that you're prepared!!!!

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker I'm glad you are. During Hurricane Irma we went to our friend's home around the corner but I referred to my list as to what to take...just in case. Make your list!!  

When we lost power for 3 days in February 2021, some of my relatives had power and some didn't. Covid was still on our minds so we didn't want to go just anywhere. 

Jun 10, 2022 03:34 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

George Souto way to go!!!!  We had a friend with a house generator but he hadn't checked it out so when he needed it, it needed some work...a lot!!!

Carol Williams that's the thing. If we have to leave our homes, we can't count on our minds to remember everything in a calm manner. We aren't built that way. 

Jun 10, 2022 03:37 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty I hope you're right!!!!!  I'd rather not have to go through the flooding!!!


Jun 10, 2022 03:39 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Don’t even live in hurricane alley like you do but I am still prepared with all those fixings Kathy 🙂

Jun 10, 2022 09:32 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy with your experience of living in FL I am sure this helped with this great post... and on a side note I had no idea TX has the same issues, Endre

Jun 10, 2022 11:42 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Preparation is key when it comes to natural disasters.  We don't have hurricanes here in California.  We prepare most for earthquakes and wildfires.

Jun 10, 2022 11:55 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Kathy - I got a whole how standby generator after Sandy hit New York in 2012.  My person why does my storm shutters in Florida is on standby.  I told my sister she should get a standby generator for her home in Palm City.  I have the option of not being there when there is a hurricane.

Jun 11, 2022 03:46 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Even though Kat Palmiotti we don't live in an area with hurricanes, tornadoes or even earthquakes, we still take planning for emergencies seriously. This included buying a generator as well as repurposing a large broom closet into a pantry for those items that quickly disappeared during the previous pathogen episode.

Jun 11, 2022 07:06 AM
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Kathy Streib always prepare for weather events.  Generators only work with fluid amd they should only be hooked up outside.  Suggest buying camping gear to cook with propane.  Worried about the upcoming planned brown outs.  It will happen in the dogs days of summer.  You will not be able to hookup fans or anything electric.  The humidity will cause undue stress.

Jun 11, 2022 07:45 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS I am so glad that you're prepared. So many people think that if they don't live in a hurricane area there is not need for this. 

Endre Barath, Jr. there was Hurricane Harvey in 2017 but unlike wind damage, our area has a lot of flooding. The good thing is that at least with hurricanes, we have time for last minute preparations. 

Jun 11, 2022 11:34 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Myrl Jeffcoat exactly. There are threats of fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, and floods everywhere. We once had neighborhoods that had to evacuate because of a refinery fire. 

Grant Schneider many people in FL got the house generators after a lot of the recent hurricanes. They are expensive but give you peace of mind!!

Leanne Smith We've always kept non-perishables around as well as other supplies. You never know. 



Jun 11, 2022 11:39 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Eileen Burns I agree. We have our grill as well as camping stoves. Larry engineered a generator that is wired into the breaker box. It won't run everything but does run what we need. We can run our fans, fridge,etc. 

 

Jun 11, 2022 11:52 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

These are great tips for anyone to get prepared for a natural disaster, hurricane or otherwise! We all have potential issues, some...like earthquakes...without notice.

Jeff

Jun 12, 2022 10:26 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

Great post Kathy Streib .   You can never be too prepared for any disaster.  

Jun 13, 2022 08:36 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

This is an excellent list to be prepared for hurricanes, and other weather events.  We used to do this in Kansas when it was tornado season.  A while back I gave all of my daughters solar cell phone chargers.  Not sure what happened to them, but I like the idea.  If there's no power, rely on the sun (if it's shining!) 

Jun 13, 2022 03:57 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

What a great list to have, and to really use for any kind of emergency. It seems like we are all subject to some kind of disaster sooner or later, so might as well be prepared.

Jun 16, 2022 02:46 PM