Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm, recently plowed through the state of Texas. The
storm has left massive damages and is expected to be the costliest natural disaster in
U.S history. There is no way to prevent a storm like this from hitting the place you live,
but there are ways to prepare that can minimize the harm and even save your life. Here
are 7 hurricane preparation tips you should know.
Monitor the storm
It is very important to keep up with the news about the hurricane’s projected path so that
you know ahead of time if the storm is hitting your area. Adhere to evacuation calls if
you are in the projected path. Evacuation orders are made when there is imminent
danger, so the decision to evacuate could mean the difference between life and death.
Take your family to stay with loved ones in a safe area or go to a local shelter. Pay
attention to news sources that will tell you where these are or visit
http://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster- relief-and- recovery-services/find- an-open-
shelter for more information.
Store food and water
After a storm hits the power can go off and you can be left without electricity for days or
even weeks. It is important to have food that will last for at least three days. You can
purchase canned tuna, dried fruits, soft drinks, and any other non-perishable food items.
You should also have one gallon of water per person ready before the storm.
Prepare medicine and first aid kit
Replenish all of your prescription medications before a storm hits. Make sure to have
essential non-prescription medication as well such as pain relievers and antacids.
Having a first aid kit handy is also vital. Be sure to have plenty of bandages and
antibacterial ointments in case you get injured during or after the storm.
Prepare your home
Strong winds causing debris to fly around at high speeds can damage your home and
shatter your windows. Prepare your home by installing impact windows and doors.
Impact windows can endure hurricane-speed winds and protect your home against
flying projectiles during the storm. By installing impact windows, you can also avoid the
hassle of having to put up hurricane shutters every time a storm is announced. Also,
make sure to bring in any outside items such as outdoor furniture, toys, or gardening
tools. This will avoid them from flying off during the storm and potentially hurting others.
Your pets should also be taken into consideration when making hurricane preparation
plans. Make sure your pet is microchipped in case they get lost during the storm. If you
must evacuate, don’t leave your pet at home. Call your shelter beforehand to see if they
accept pets. Unfortunately, most do not due to public health concerns, so make sure
you have a backup plan. Going to a pet-friendly hotel near your evacuation route is
another good option to consider. Be sure to have plenty of food and water for your pets
before the storm hits.
Have important documents handy
You should always keep important valuables in a waterproof box. In case of heavy
flooding, all of your documents will be in one specific place and protected. Place
insurance policies and other important documents such as passports, social security
cards, and health insurance cards inside the box. You should also make copies of your
driver’s license and credit cards to keep in there.
Prepare a disaster kit
There are essential items you need to have in your disaster kit. Flashlights, batteries,
and a whistle to signal for help are important to have. Purchase a battery powered radio
in order to keep up with the latest news about the storm. Charge your cell phone before
the storm hits and have backup portable chargers in case the electricity goes off.
At ASP Windows we are dedicated to helping our clients prepare for hurricanes. Let us
help you keep your family and your home safe by install impact windows and doors. Call
a representative today!