As seen in the news, tropical storm Dorian is on a pathway to the mainland US. There is a chance the tropical storm becomes a hurricane, but even if it does not it can be destructive. As of right now, the storm is producing wind speeds around 50 mph, just under the threshold for a hurricane. Before the storm hits, it is important for people to be prepared. This post will walk through 3 of the biggest ways to protect yourself, family, and possessions according to FEMA’s guidelines.
Stay In The Loop
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, has a helpful guideline on how to prepare, react, and recover from a hurricane or tropical storm. The first and best way you can prepare yourself for a hurricane is by staying informed. The Hurricane Center, your local news organization, and other government agencies will put vital information out over the radio, TV, and social media. Pay attention to warnings, and evacuate if recommended. Possessions can be replaced but lives cannot, so it’s not worth the risk.
While staying informed, be sure to check up on friends, family, and neighbors. When a bad storm is approaching people may want to call people they know to check up. Phone lines may be down or busy before and during a storm, so take advantage of text messaging and social media postings to keep communications up.
Before a storm hits, and even outside of storm season, purchase an emergency kit. You may think its a waste of money to buy something you may never need or use, but will come in handy. FEMA has a list of essential items to pack or store away.
Homeowners & Renters
If you are a homeowner in the path of an incoming storm take action immediately. Boarding up windows can help prevent window destruction, and help keep rainwater out. If you have a basement, consider waterproofing it, or at least installing a sump-pump. It only takes about an inch of floodwater to cause massive property damage.
Unfortunately, most homeowners or renter’s insurance policies do not cover flood damage. Call your insurance provider if you are a homeowner and see if your policy protects you. If you need flood insurance a helpful place to find it is https://www.floodsmart.gov. On the other hand, if you are a renter, you should discuss how to protect the property and your possessions with the landlord.
Thos in the path of tropical storm Dorian should begin taking the necessary steps to be prepared. Remember to keep yourself and other informed, have your emergency packs ready, evacuate if recommended, and prepare your home for the worst. Hopefully, the storm is not as bad as predicted, but as long as you stay prepared you won’t be caught off guard.