Since 2003, Virginia Beach has experienced eight hurricanes or remnants of hurricanes. The last hurricane to strike the area was Sandy in 2012. Now another hurricane is churning in the Atlantic, Hurricane Irma. Irma is expected to be a large hurricane maybe even a category five. We could see it here in our area. Have you started preparing your home for hurricanes? Before we know it, we could be nailing boards over the windows.
Preparing Your Home for Hurricanes
- Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall, so before hurricane season trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
- Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
- Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors, including the garage doors, and secure the house to the foundation.
- Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
- Have house boarded up, or have storm shutters in place.
- Have several days’ supply of food and water for each family member.
- Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to check the food temperature when the power comes back on.
Listen to the weather forecasts. Hurricanes And Tropical Storm Forecasts – National Hurricane Center http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
- Listen for specific instructions. If the weather reporters say it is time to evacuate, don’t think it yellow of you to do so.
- Check your emergency supply kit – it should include a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate
- Prepare to evacuate – If you and your family are separated when told to evacuate, make sure you have a meeting place where you can link up
- Know how to Shelter-in-Place – you should have adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days, and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads. Look at the example of Houston.
- Know the difference between mandatory and voluntary evacuation.
- After the storm, treat downed power lines with a velvet glove. Better yet stay away from them.
Paying attention to these preparatory steps can save you and your family’s lives.
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