We are in the most hectic part of hurricane season, and actually had one come right up near where I live, which is why I wasn’t posting at all last week. It ruined my holiday weekend, and then some, and it also cost quite a bit of money in hurricane prep that I wasn’t necessarily prepared for. So, rather than wait until the last minute, be prepared for big storms before they arrive.
It’s important to have a few essentials on hand, like bottled water, some canned goods, peanut butter, jelly, sustenance to get you through a storm coming through that could wipe out power for a few days. It also helps to have shutters on your home if you live in a hurricane area. I unfortunately do not have shutters, so I have to put up plywood when it seems like a storm may do damage to the area. Trust me, shutters would be so much better. But keep in mind, you have to think ahead with those, and plan ahead, because they are not something that can be done instantly. Another thing that just makes life a bit easier is a generator. Worst case, you can run your refrigerator and a few other appliances, best case, you test it once or twice a year to make sure it works and it looks pretty in your garage.
Also, make sure you have a plan in place if you are in an evacuation zone. This is important not only for you but for any animals you may have as well. If you can’t stay with a friend inland, come up with another solution whether it be going on a family road trip in a camper or even boarding your pets if you can find a place that will take them during the storm. Just make sure you know where you are going, and you have enough supplies for yourself and for them to leave the house for a few days. Most importantly though, NEVER leave your animals behind. Unfortunately, that’s something we see every year, and nothing makes my blood boil like seeing some poor animal on the news that had to be rescued from a flooded home or hear that people released their animals into the wild rather than take them with them. Your animals are your family, if it’s considered unsafe for humans, it’s unsafe for animals. Not only that, but it’s illegal to leave your animals, and that is something that my area especially has been cracking down on.
So moral of this weekly tip, be prepared. Have some supplies on hand, know where you’re going to go if you need to leave, and have everything you’ll need for yourself and your animals. Finally, stay safe! Whether you leave or not, make sure your family is safe, and that you’ve done what you can to protect livelihood.