Don’t Let a Weather Catastrophe Catch You Unprepared

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 85% chance of an above normal season. Gathering 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

Be prepared to evacuate, if necessary, by knowing where your local evacuation routes are and making sure your vehicle gas tanks are full.

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.

Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is excellent advice to share. All of us need to be prepared for severe weather conditions. I will post your blog on X.

Jun 05, 2024 07:50 AM
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

It’s a great post. Thank you for sharing!


Have a super fantastic week!

Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP

Jun 05, 2024 09:50 AM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Sandra Nickel very valuable detailed helpful report for don't let a weather catastrophe catch you unprepared.

Jun 05, 2024 08:39 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

There cannot be enough information put out about getting ready for storms, whether summer or winter.

Jun 12, 2024 09:50 AM