Hurricanes are one of the most powerful and devastating forces of nature, causing flooding, extensive property damage, and claiming thousands of lives.
In 2012, Hurricane Sandy, also known as Superstorm Sandy, claimed the title of second deadliest hurricane United States history (second only to 2005’s Hurricane Katrina which nearly demolished the city of New Orleans) causing nearly $70 billion in damage and claiming 148 lives. Hurricane Sandy affected 24 states, including the entire eastern shore from Florida to Maine, and traveled west across the Appalachian Mountains into Michigan and Wisconsin. New York City experienced severe damage due to the storm, leaving the city without power and causing extensive flooding. Those who lived inland were also affected.
Hurricane Sandy served as a stark reminder to those living in both coastal and non-coastal areas of the severe impact a hurricane can have. Hurricane home preparation is key in safeguarding your home and most importantly, your family. If you’re wondering how to prepare for hurricanes, the key is early preparation, organization, patience, and attention to detail.
Perhaps the most important step in hurricane home preparation is developing a hurricane preparedness guide or plan, which should include pertinent information such as designated meeting places in the event the family is separated, the names and locations of shelters in your area, and the contact information of relatives, friends, and those closest to the family. It’s important to frequently review your hurricane preparedness plan with your family, especially young children. Create a “buddy system”, which will ensure no one if left alone or behind.
Last but not least, stocking up on essentials such as non-perishable food, water, batteries, candles, and matches is an important aspect of hurricane home preparation.