How to Prepare for A Hurricane

Did you know that hurricane season spans from June – November? We’re in the middle of it here in Florida and fortunately, it’s been pretty mild for us so far. That said, it’s extremely important to know what to do if and when a storm’s heading your way.

Tips for hurricane preparation.

Gather Information

Listen for updates from your local news station to see where the storm’s heading and how it might impact you. Find out if you live in an evacuation area (usually near the water or area that floods easily). There are also some important phrases to know the difference between:

  • Tropical storm warning: Strong winds are expected within 36 hours
  • Tropical storm watch: Conditions are expected within 48 hours
  • Hurricane categories 1-2: Strong winds ranging from 75-110 mph that can cause some/extensive damage
  • Hurricane categories 3-5: Considered “major.” Winds 111-157+ mph that will cause devasting/catastrophic damage.

Come Up With A Plan

If you need to evacuate, where will you go? Do you have pets to take care of (make sure they can come with you)? Make sure you also let friends and family know your plan so they know you’re safe!

Stock Up On Supplies

If a big storm is coming your way, you’ll have to consider that your power might go out. Here are a few key items to stock up on:

  • 3-day supply of water (1 gallon per person, per day) and food (canned or boxed that doesn’t require refrigeration or use of appliances)
  • Flashlights + batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Tools/supplies to secure home
  • Books + other non-electronic activities

Create A Hurricane Preparedness Kit

If you’re evacuating your home, you’ll want to pack a box filled with important documents and items dearest to you to prepare for the worst-case scenario. Examples of items include:

  • Passports
  • Birth, marriage, and/or adoption certificates
  • Insurance policy information
  • Mortgage/home and car titles
  • Laptop and/or drives with your digital files and photos

Have you ever had to prepare for a hurricane? What tips do you have?

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  • This post makes me really glad I live in California and don’t have to deal with hurricanes! However, at least with a hurricane you have time to prep; earthquakes come out of nowhere!

    • So true! The idea of an earthquake really freaks me out! If only all the crazy hurricanes, earthquakes, etc. happened out in the middle of the ocean where no one was affected.. that would be great!

  • I don’t live in an area affected by hurricanes, but this seems like great advice. I have an emergency evacuation bag for my dogs, but not myself. I guess my priorities are a little skewed.

    • Thanks, Beth! Our pups are like kids, so definitely makes sense. I’d get Sheba’s stuff together before mine too!

  • I lived in Louisiana when Hurricane Katrina hit and it was such a difficult time for everyone. Hopefully no crazy hurricanes come the rest of the season.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • Oh no! I can’t even imagine being there during that. I hope it stays calm for the rest of the season too!

  • Luckily I’m a midwestern girl so I don’t experience this….but I’m weirdly fascinated with hurricanes!

    • I think it’s extra crazy looking at them for people who never deal with them. I felt so out of my element when I experienced my first snow day(s) in college being a FL girl!

  • We need these guides here in South Florida. I never thought to have a 3-day supply of water. I just figured two packs of water bottles would be enough. Flashlights are a must in case the power goes out. Don’t want to have candles with kids around.

    • Most definitely! Flashlights are a great addition to the list!

  • I live in Miami and I always make sure to have all of our paperwork ready in safe place. Thanks for the tips!

  • The timing couldn’t be more perfect. I’m in Florida and there is a storm heading this way today! :(

    • I hope you guys weren’t affected too badly. We had quite a bit of wind and rain but nothing too crazy in Tampa!

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    I am in Florida as well! My particular county is considered in a state of emergency. We will definitely get rain and wind but the we should be out of the way of a direct hit. Thank you for sharing your tips! I always like to make sure that my hurricane list is up to date and fully comprehensive!

    • I hope you guys weren’t affected too terribly! We got quite a bit of wind and rain too but fortunately nothing worse!

  • Kari Guastella

    These are good tips! We do the same thing except for earthquakes on the west coast!
    Kari
    http://sweetteasweetie.com/make-garlic-marinara-sauce-zoodles-15-minutes/

    • Thanks, Kari! I can’t imagine how crazy it must be when an earthquake hits!

  • Samantha

    Great tips, hurricanes scare me! I haven’t been through one and hope I don’t have to!

    • Thanks, Samantha! Fortunately I’ve never been too crazily impacted by them, but living in FL, they’re definitely something you need to know how to prepare for!

  • Tazim Damji

    Love these tips – which can be applied to other natural disasters, too!

  • Stay safe in Hermine! We’re just getting the rain now in Lakeland. Great tips! :)

    • All good here, Jackie. Thank you! I hope you guys weren’t impacted too badly by it. It’s nice to have the sunshine back!

  • This is definitely timed perfectly – Hermine may be headed to the NYC area (where I am)!

    • Thank you! I hope it’s not too crazy for you guys in the northeast!

  • Sarah Jean

    I’ve never lived in a hurricane prone area but good tips and stay safe!

    • Thank you! I think these can be applied to most natural disasters. It’s always good to be prepared!

  • Great tips! My cousin’s flight is up in the air (pun intended) due to the storm in FL! Have to share it with him.

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlife.com

    • Thanks, Alix! I hope your cousin was able to get to where he was going safely!

  • Tiffany Austin

    This is REALLY good advice! Thank you for putting this is one spot. Luckily we are no where near the ocean but it’s good to know for vacation!

    • Thanks, Tiffany! I think it’s even more important for out of state visitors since hurricanes are totally new to them!

  • Pack Your Baguios

    My daughter just started graduate school at FSU in Tallahassee this fall. I’ll be sharing this with her.

    • Thank you! I hope she didn’t get hit too badly from the storm!

  • Sarah Emily

    As basically a FL native, I haven’t ever really gotten overly concerned with hurricanes. Obviously we always hand water/food/flashlights on hand as well as our important documents all in one place. We are about 35 miles south of the heart of Tampa so we get a decent amount of storms and heavy rain but nothing to get overly excited about!

  • We postponed our HP trip this last week because of the storm and I’m glad we did because we would have been driving right through it! Next week will be better!

  • Hope you stay safe! These are such great hurricane tips – you have to take those things seriously!

    xx katie // a touch of teal

    • Thanks, Katie! All’s good here – just had quite a bit of wind and rain!