Hurricane Preparedness Tips
We could all use a little help when preparing for an impending natural disaster, check out the short list below, I hope it helps! If you have Hurricane Questions as they pertain to Real Estate – CLICK HERE!
- Wash all trashcans, big and small, and fill with water for flushing toilets. Keep in bathrooms.
- Fill all tubs and sinks with water, if possible also fill your washing machine with water and leave the lid open (so it doesn’t run).
- Fill drinking cups, water bottles, travel mugs with water and store in the fridge or cover with cling wrap on the counter. Use these first over store bought bottled water.
- Raid the recycling bin and wash out old milk, juice and other bottles. Fill with water and freeze. Make sure to leave a small space that top so the container doesn’t crack as the water expands. (Note: this water is not for drinking unless bottles were sanitized first).
- Put any extra old bottles in the bathrooms, filled with water so you can wash your hands.
- Don’t forget about water needs of your pets as you fill bottles and container.
- Empty and bag any ice in your ice maker now. When it gets full keep emptying it and storing so you have extra ice.
- Fill ANY extra space in your freezer with bottles of water (see tip above) or even Ziploc bags of water. They will freeze and help keep things colder longer.
- Clean out any expiring food now. That includes 4/5 eaten ice cream cartons. This makes room for more water and ice.
- Make sure you have a manual can opener and paper plates!
- Charge any device now that provides light: laptops, tablets, cameras, video cameras, and old phones. Old cell phones can still used for dialing 911. Charge external battery back ups.
- Lower A/C temp and the temp in your fridge before the storm comes.
- Gather all candles, matches, lighters, batteries and other items to one location.
- Refill any propane tanks. Consider getting an extra one.
- Unplug any electronic devices to be safe from power surges and lightening.
- If you run a generator it MUST NOT be indoors or in a garage.
- Fill up car fuel tank and extra gas cans. Check tire pressure and oil.
- Have enough cash to pay any tolls needed and to eat two meals if needed. With large storms credit card systems will go down in some areas.
- Refill any medications now.
- Place wallet, medications, snacks and change of clothes in a backpack.
- Put towels, rags, beach towels etc. on all window sills and in front of doors to collect water that seeps in during strong wind.
- Put any important documents that you aren’t taking with you in sealed storage bags inside a storage container and place in the top of a second story closet. If that is not an option consider placing the container in your dishwasher and shut the door to seal it.
- Take pictures and email them to yourself of important documents.
- If you have time take a video of each room of your house to help with claims later and proof of ownership.
Use your dishwasher/ washer/ dryer to store items- they’re waterproof! I have also heard you should freeze a cup of water, place a coin on top after it is frozen…keep this in your freezer to help you gauge the temperature if the power goes out. If the coin stays on top, the food is staying frozen. If the coin falls into the water, the freezer thawed out and most food will likely need to be thrown away. This is super helpful is you have to leave and come back, as it may appear everything is still frozen, but if the coin is in the cup–you will know!!
Finally, anything that you want to try and preserve, but you can’t take with you—place it in a plastic bin and put in your dishwasher, lock the door—this should make it water tight in case of any water intrusion into your home. But of course, take all the important/irreplaceable items you can!!
As the saying goes, This Too Shall Pass, and when you’re ready to start looking for Panama City Beach property again, I will be here to serve you!