Friday, August 26, 2011

Hurricane Preparation Tips

As Hurricane Irene is rushing towards the east coast of the United States, many people are thinking about preparation plans. Residents along this coast are certainly bracing for the impact of the hurricane. People in other portions of the country, prone to these storms are reminded that we are still in the season of hurricanes.

Making preparation plans as a family is a good way to ensure safety. There are many items that are overlooked in the confusion of storms like Irene. One of the best ways to remember what you need is to make a list. Large families can even divide up their lists, so that every item is purchased and accounted for.

Although hurricanes are scary, the aftermath can be bearable with the right resources. Let’s take a look at some of the tips that can help you to prepare.

1 - Check your home
You can save a lot of money by simply checking your home before shopping. Many of the items that you need may already be in your house. Duplicate purchases not only tax your resources, they could lead you to miss important items.

2 - Purchase before the rush
If you wait until the last minute to buy what you need, you’re likely to encounter a rush. In most cases, a week before the impact of the hurricane is enough time. As the time draws near, prices may increase on important items.

3 - Plan for evacuation
Many families opt to ride out the storm in their own homes. There are times when evacuation is a wiser choice. Families need to plan for things like their destination, departure times, and packing tasks. This will take some of the hassle out of enduring a hurricane.

Critical Items: batteries, coolers, non-perishable food, toiletries, snacks, water.

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