Weather forecasters are predicting a doozy of a hurricane season with above average activity this year. As many as 18 named storms could impact communities along the coast. Hurricanes Sandy, Irene and Isaac serve as sobering reminders of the importance of families being prepared just in case the unthinkable happens. Preparing now, before the weather turns serious, is a family’s best defense.
We are lucky in that we are far enough north that even with some of the worst hurricanes in this area, the most we get is lots and lots of rain. Of course this rain can equal some flooding also but it is nothing compared to the devastation that so many experience.
Thankfully there are some things you can do to make sure that you and your family are prepared. And the best part is that you can do these things together.
Take time to shop and put together an emergency kit.
A well planned emergency kit can really make a difference. Keep your kit in a spot where it is easy to get to and you can grab it in a hurry if need be. Consider putting bottle water, non perishable food items, a weather radio, flashlights, extra batteries, cash, blankets, change of clothes and shoes.
Hit the road and practice an evacuation route out of town and to a safe place.
If your family consists of more than one driver 3it can make all the difference if you have a planned route and a place to meet up ahead of time. Not having to circle back to try and find separated family members, and knowing everyone knows where to meet are key for peace of mind during an less than ideal situation.
Pull out the camera and take pictures of the personal belongings.
In the event that something does happen to your home not having to sit down and try and remember all the belongings that need to be replaced can be a sanity saver. Take photos or video of personal items and keep in a safe place for easy access.
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