There is a beautiful jasmine bush on the east side of the garage. It’s the only place it will grow. The jasmine scent is amazing! The blooms bring with it the knowledge that hurricane season is just a short six weeks away. Each year we look around and see what we can do to prepare just a little bit better should the unthinkable happen to our home.
The key to effective evacuation is prior planning. Unfortunately, to the majority of residents that means boarding up the house and taking off to some hotel for three or more days. When they come home, if it was a serious hurricane, there is damage and loss of property. Along with property losses are the pain and tears that come with not finding special items from the home.
Here are some ways to make preparing for hurricane season easy and less stressful:
- Make a written inventory of non-replaceable items you can’t imagine living without, check them off when packed.
- Purchase plastic tubs with lids to store items during evacuation. Practice putting the items in the tubs to be sure you have enough tubs.
- Make sure your wind storm and flood insurance is paid more than 30 days before storm season
- Make an evacuation plan. No, not just jumping in the car and leaving. A serious plan. Consider it a bug-out plan.
- Consider home security while you are away. There are always looters.
- If you have livestock or pets, plan and practice how to evacuate them.
- Plan to make more than one trip to the bug-out location if you have livestock to evacuate.
- Plan how to evacuate or protect your preps.
- Time yourself with each evacuation activity practice so you know how much time it will take you to evacuate.
- Remember to prepare your windmills and solar power equipment for the high winds.
- If your greenhouses are of the kind that can be disassembled quickly, staking the parts flat on the ground should help them remain still during high winds.
- Remember, your plants will not whine, cry, complain or ask “are we there yet” when you move them. But they may cringe when you eat them.
- Evacuate early. Don’t wait until the mandatory evacuation date.
- Don’t be complacent. Just because your coastal region has not experienced a hurricane in recent history doesn’t mean it’s immune to one.
Most people spend their time during evacuation in a hotel or at family and friends homes. Finding a hotel room during an evacuation can mean driving at least eight hours to find a room. The purchase of an acre of land outside the hurricane zone provides a guaranteed location for evacuation that can also be used to store preps year around. For the average prepper family with a small operation, these plans are necessary.