How to Be Prepared For a Hurricane + Helpful Apps for Hurricanes

  • 03-02-2021 |
  • Anna Richardson
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You hear the news report on TV that a hurricane is on the way, and you live on the coast. Is there anything you can do to prepare for the hurricane? What if you live in a high-rise building? What if you live inland? What should you do if you are preparing to evacuate?

General Info

Your emergency plan should include an evacuation plan. It would help if you also were prepared to shelter in place. If you have a safe room designed to withstand a tornado, it can hold you and your family during a hurricane.

If you do not have a safe room, find an interior room with no windows and no doors to hold you and your family. If you live in a mobile home, you may want to consider moving to a safe building. Remember that if you have to evacuate, never ride out a hurricane in a car.

What should I do if a hurricane is approaching?

In preparation for hurricanes, you should have a hurricane plan in place. The plan should include a list of supplies, a battery-powered radio, and a flashlight.

During a hurricane, you should stay indoors and keep away from windows. You should also make sure your family knows the location of the nearest hurricane shelter.

After a hurricane, you should clear debris from your property, and if the power is out, make sure you have fresh water and food on hand. You should also be prepared for the possibility of a fallout from contaminated water.

Preparing for a Hurricane

Preparing for a hurricane can seem impossible, but you can get ready in a day or two if you follow some easy steps.

Step 1: Get a hurricane kit.

Get a hurricane kit or two and have them ready to go. This kit should include things like canned goods, bottled water, and first aid supplies. It would be best to prepare some car supplies like jumper cables, battery booster cables, and an extra gas can.

Step 2: Check your insurance

Check your insurance policy and see what coverage you have. The government may come in and help you out if you need to rebuild your home, but you'll need to know what you're covered for.

Step 3: Prepare your home

Prepare your home now, before the storm is through. You should have sandbags, plywood, and tape on hand to secure windows and doors. You should also have an emergency kit in your house.

Step 4: Prepare your vehicle

Prepare your vehicle now. Fill your gas tank up and make sure you have a full tank of oil. You should also have jumper cables, a battery booster cable, and an extra gas can.

Helpful Apps for Hurricanes

FEMA

FEMA app screenshot

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's app is a free, one-stop-shop to get prepared for natural disasters. From the app, you can get information about disaster declarations and relief efforts, sign up for alerts, find safety tips, and more.

FEMA app is a disaster-response application that provides users with the opportunity to report their status in a disaster, ask for help, and find safety information in the event of an emergency.

1Weather

1Weather app screesnhot

1Weather is an iOS and Android application designed to provide users with a detailed and accurate forecast for every location in the world. It offers real-time weather updates and live weather radar to show current weather conditions.

On the map, you can see the current location of the storm and where it is heading. The app also sends notifications to inform you about severe weather alerts.

Hurricane Impact

The Hurricane Impact app is a free app for the iPhone and Android smartphones that covers the Gulf Coast, the Atlantic Coast, the Eastern Seaboard, Texas, the Caribbean, and Central America. 

It includes detailed information on the storms, such as the latest advisory, where the storm is going, and how much rain it will bring. It also includes a widget that shows the current weather and the forecast for the next five days. The app also has a Hurricane Tracker feature that displays the storm's location and its impact on the region.

Stay Safe

This year, the hurricane season is predicted to be like the past few years, a pretty slow and inactive season. But, there are still some small threats that could pop up to provide a little extra excitement. It's important to remember that these storms are still unpredictable, and no matter how prepared you think you are, it's always better to be safe than sorry. Stay safe!

I hope you enjoyed this article and learned something. If you have any comments or concerns, please feel free to leave them below!