If you live anywhere along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean or in the Gulf area, you may have to contend with hurricanes at some point.
You may have to fend for yourself for a few days, possibly even a few weeks. On this page we are going to give you some hurricane survival tips so that you will be prepared when a big storm hits.
Have a Plan for Your Family
To survive a hurricane, or any other natural disaster, it is always best to be prepared. Have a plan in place so that you and your family know what to do when tragedy strikes.
One of the first things to think about is how you will communicate with each other in various situations. When a big storm comes through you may not be able to make a phone call or send a text message.
Plan to check in with all of your family members at predetermined intervals, such as on the hour on the half hour, until everyone is accounted for.
Make sure you have the contact information for everyone in your family. Don’t just rely on your cell phone to store everyone’s phone numbers, keep a written record of the various phone numbers and addresses where your family members can be reached. This will include not only cell phone numbers but also work and school phone numbers.
Choose a friend or family member that lives in another state that can relay messages for you. When a natural disaster occurs it is often easier to make a long-distance phone calls than it is to call someone in your own neighborhood.
If you have a designated contact in an area that will not be struck by the same natural disaster you are facing, everyone in your family will be able to check in with them and share important information.
A lot of communities have systems in place now that will send an instant text message or e-mail, warning to subscribers when a local emergency strikes. If you subscribe to an alert service you may be able to get advanced warning of an impending hurricane or you may also receive notification of road closures or other important pronation.
Prepare an Emergency Kit
When a hurricane strikes, all of the people that were not prepared ahead of time will rush to the store to try to buy whatever supplies they need.
Store shelves can be emptied very quickly in times of emergencies so it’s best to have a disaster kit prepared ahead of time.
Your emergency kit should contain food and water. You will need to have at least 72 hours worth of food and water for each member of your family.
Try to store at least 1 gallon per person per day of freshwater. Stock up on some canned foods so that you will have food in an emergency. Canned foods have an extremely long shelf life and are a great thing to have in an emergency.
In addition to food and water, try to think of some of the other things your family might need if you are without electricity, running water, heat and other modern conveniences for a few days. You may need some extra blankets to keep warm.
You may want to have a radio that is battery-operated so you can receive news updates. Or better yet, get a radio that operates with a hand crank and doesn’t even need batteries. Come up with a list of things you really need and make sure you have them.
Barricade Your Home
A hurricane survival guide wouldn’t be complete without some tips on barricading your home before the wind and rain strikes.
If you live in a flood zone, you may have to evacuate. If you’re relatively certain that flooding won’t be a problem, you will need to barricade your windows.
Installing permanent storm shutters will probably be your best option but another option is to board up your windows using 5/8 inch marine grade plywood.
If you will need plywood to barricade your windows in a storm, make sure you have some in storage. Plywood will be one of the first things to fly off the shelves in stores when a storm strikes.
It’s also a good idea to install straps or clips that will fasten your roof to the structure of your house in order to prevent roof damage. You should also trim any trees or shrubs around your house so that branches will not break off and become projectiles in high winds.
Hopefully these hurricane surviving tips will help you get through an emergency in one piece. The most important things for survival are food, water, and shelter. There is an excellent guide that talks about 37 food items you won’t be able to get when disaster strikes.
The guide is called Sold Out After Crisis (you can read the reviews here) and in addition to identifying the food items that will fly off the shelves first, it offers many additional tips that will help you survive any kind of natural disaster.