Hurricane season typically lasts at least six months, from June 1 to November 30. If you live along the Gulf Coast, it’s especially important that you and your family are always prepared before and during hurricane season. Although predictions may vary on how many storms there will be in any given season, do you know what to do should one strike?
Our partners at Travelers offer several articles on how to prepare for hurricanes as well as articles that debunk myths on how to prepare yourself for a hurricane.
Question: Will taping a big “X” on my windows prevent them from breaking?
Answer: No, taping a big “X” on your windows will not prevent them from breaking during a hurricane.
Question: Should I only safeguard and board up the windows that are facing the water?
Answer: No, during extreme wind velocity, outdoor items can become airborne and break any window in your home.
Question: If I lean against a door during a hurricane, can I prevent it from blowing inward?
Answer: No, it’s extremely dangerous to be in front of doors and windows during a hurricane. Please safeguard yourself and your family by going to the innermost interior room or safe space on the lowest level of your home. Another tip is to close all interior doors and brace any exterior doors before the storm hits.
Question: Should I open my windows to alleviate pressure?
Answer: No, according to our partners at Travelers and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, no house is built airtight and an over-pressurization to this degree is not possible. Opening windows presents the danger of flying objects entering your home. Therefore, all windows should be closed and shuttered during a hurricane.
Now that you are aware of the myths, how prepared are you for a hurricane?
The best way to be prepared is to have a plan in place before the storm hits. Travelers outlines a full list to help you safeguard every area of your home. The following is a brief list to get you started:
- Survival Kit – Have a bug-out kit ready to go complete with important papers, non-perishable food, medications, prescription glasses, a first aid kit, cell phone chargers, a flashlight, batteries, and a portable weather radio. Also, have a kit for your pets, food, water, pet carriers and any pet records.
- Evacuation Route: If an evacuation order is issued, leave immediately. Gas up your car before you leave.
- Content List: Make a list of all of the items in your home or business.
- Outdoor Objects: Secure outdoor objects before the storm; do not store propane tanks in your home or garage.
- Generator: Make sure your emergency generator is functioning and the fuel tank is full. Store fuel in a safe place and not in your home.
The American Red Cross also offers a thorough Hurricane Preparedness Checklist at this link.
If you live along the Gulf Coast and need to ensure you have the proper hurricane coverage for your personal or business assets, contact Derek Meyer in the Florida Panhandle area.