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Are You, Your Family And House Prepared In Case A Hurricane Is Coming.
Be Prepared In Case Of A Hurricane Or Tropical Storm
If you live in a coastal area where you often have to board up for hurricanes you can make your life a whole lot easier by either cutting sheets of outdoor plywood to go over your windows or have them cut. Use heavy duty outdoor plywood and it will last for several seasons. You can find or build a place at your home to store your plywood until you need to board up your home again. You will want your plywood cut so it will fit your windows exactly. This way you can quickly board up your home in a hurry in case a hurricane is coming your way. Remember your home owners policy most likely does not include flood insurance and may not cover wind damage. Be sure to check out your policy fully and purchase any extra coverage you may need.
Keep a drill with a extra battery and be sure to keep the batteries charged so you will be able to use the drill to install the plywood in an emergency if you need to. Be sure to have the right screws you need to put the plywood up with. With the plywood already cut and everything ready and you can put the plywood up in a hurry. I keep plywood cut for each window and I can get all the pre-cut plywood up and in place in a couple of hours. I installed screen door handles on the outside of the plywood so I can hold them up in place easier and take them down easier.
In the event of a hurricane coming almost anything outside can become a flying missile so be sure to put everything away in the event that a hurricane or tropical storm gets close. If you have things that can not be put away like large lawn furniture or etc move it close together and tie it together so it won't blow away easy in a heavy wind.
Things To Make Your Life Easier If You Find Yourself With Out Power Or Water.
1. If you have storage space available keep 25 gallons or more of drinking water on hand and stored. You can store bottled water up to two years or more. If you think you need more water and have the space store it.
2. You should have a safe and secure storage building with a good lock on it to be able to store things you may need in the event of an emergency. Be sure that you have a adequate lock on it though.
3. If you live in a hurricane area keep a couple of large heavy tarps stored with a coil of rope in case you need to make an emergency repair to your roof and be able to keep the inside of your home dry.
4. You should have a gas powered camp stove with extra bottles of gas on hand in case the power goes out for a long time. You may want to purchase a heavy duty set of pots and pans to use with your camp stove.
5. Keep a flare gun and flares in your storage room in case you need to signal for help. You can even use a flare gun as a weapon in an emergency.
6. If you live in an area where the power is likely to go out or has gone out often in the past you may want to purchase a small gas powered generator. Be sure to have adequate gas on hand but practice safety when you use the generator and how you store your gasoline. You should have enough gas on hand for at least four days. You should also have a heavy duty drop cord and electric powered outdoor lights you can plug up. Be sure never to use your gas powered generator indoors. Run the generator outdoors and run your heavy duty drop cord indoors. Keep all power cords out of water.You may also want to keep a couple of small box fans stored in case you need them in an emergency.
7. Keep a weather radio and a AM/FM radio with extra batteries in your storage building so you can get news and weather information in an emergency.
8. Keep a flashlight and extra batteries where you can find them very easily in case you need them in an emergency. I keep a couple of regular large flashlights and one of the head lamp flash lights that you can use hands free.
9. You may want to consider keeping a supply of emergency food stored in your storage building. You can buy MRE's which are meals ready to eat and have a quick meal ready in just a few minutes in the case of an emergency. Always keep matches in a plastic container with a lid and you can have a small charcoal grill and a supply of quick lite charcoal ready in case you need to cook a quick meal outdoors in a hurry.
Being Prepared Is Always Best
As I said I'm not trying to get you to be a doomsday prepper but I am telling you to be prepared. If you live in a area where a hurricane or tropical storm is possible you should have four days of food and water on hand in the event the power and the water both go down. If it was me I would feel a lot safer with a two week supply of food and water on hand. Its always better to be safe than sorry.
One thing you can do for your safety in case the power does go off is keep a supply of wooden wedges to drive under your doors from the inside to keep your doors from being easily pushed open.
Keep valuable items out of site especially in the event of a major power failure. Practice safety and encourage other family members to do the same. You are less likely to be preyed upon if you stay in groups. If things are bad outside now would be the time to have that safe room. You could retreat there if danger came near.
You should keep one of the portable air horns and a couple of extra air cylinders for it in case you need to get the attention of someone in an emergency situation.
You may want to keep a shotgun in a very secure place and a supply of ammunition for it. I have a 12 gauge shotgun and Double OO ammo for it locked up in a wooden box under my bed in case I would ever need it. There may come a time when you have to protect you and your family. A shotgun with this type of ammunition is great because it will take down what ever is in front of it. But always be sure to practice firearm safety. Its sad but the day may come when the police are not available to protect you and your family.
It would also be a good ideal to have a set of walkie talkies and batteries for them in case the cell phones go down and family members need to separate over short distances. This way you can stay in touch with each other and be able to coordinate your survival efforts.
I hope you have enjoyed my Hub Page on Doomsday Prepping and I hope that you will be prepared in case of any emergency. Its always better to be safe rather than sorry.
Common Sense Survival Basics
With December 21 of 2012 just around the corner I'm not standing on a street corner saying the end is coming but I thought I would do a Hub Page on some basic common sense survival basics. If you live in the coastal areas of the American southeast you should also be getting ready for hurricanes before the hurricane season even gets here. I'm not telling you to become a doomsday prepper but I am telling you to be prepared.
Well if you're reading this then we all know that December 2012 has come and gone. But let me ask you a very important question. If something really bad were to happen tomorrow are you and your family prepared? Are you ready if something really bad does happen.
If you live out in the country with plenty of room maybe you should start a garden and maybe keep a few chickens both for eggs and meat. Rabbits are also great for producing meat for the table. If you click those links you'll find some great information on keeping and raising chickens and rabbits. You can provide most of the food needs of a family of four from a 400 square foot garden. Need help with the garden check out these 101 Garden Secrets. Just click that link for one of the best pages on garden tips and tricks ever.
Do You Have Adequate Flood Insurance
Unless you have a special provision in your homeowners policy you are probably not covered by your home owners insurance in the case of a flood. Many people have found out to late that their insurance policy won't pay for flood damage. If your not sure or you don't know ask your insurance agent. And be sure they know what they are talking about. Also make sure your covered in the event of wind damage.
Some Things You Should Do For Basic Survival
1. Take a video camera and do an inventory video of your home and any expensive belongings. Be sure to update this video any time you make a purchase of a major item or do repairs or additions to your home. Take a book with plastic pockets and start to keep receipts for any purchase of any item that costs you one hundred dollars or more. Keep this book of receipts in a place where it won't be easily lost or damaged. I take a photo of the item and a photo of the UPC label or product code on the item and I print those photos off on simple copy paper and put them in the book with the receipt for the item. Be sure to write down the serial numbers off each item and include that in the receipt book.
2. Purchase or borrow one of the engraving devices that lets you add your name, address, and phone number on the back of all your household appliances, TV sets, electronic equipment, yard and lawn equipment and etc. If you mark all your items this way you will be protected in the event something is stolen.
3. Make sure that your home has fire and smoke detector alarms throughout the home and be sure you have a carbon monoxide detector on at least every floor of your home. Have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and in at least one more easy to reach location in your home. Be sure to check them often and be sure they are charged.
4. Consider buying a devise that will automatically turn on a light if you open any door into your house. This is a easy device to set up and it will really help you out with safety issues. This way your never looking around in the dark for a light switch.
5. Install or have installed motion detector lights at your back and front door. These will help to protect both you and your home.
6. If your worried about you or your families safety consider turning one of your homes bedrooms or your master bedroom into a safe room. Have the current bedroom door replaced with a heavy duty steel door set in a heavy duty frame and have a bar installed across the back of the door so you cam drop a bar across the door once your inside to prevent anyone from kicking the door in. Put a peephole type device in so you can look through it and see who is outside the door. Consider buying one of the throw away low cost cell phones and keep it in the bedroom so you will always have a telephone in an emergency. If you want added safety you can even have metal grates or bars installed across the windows of your safe room on the inside. If you have all of this done you should have a room where you could retreat to until help or the police could arrive. Its your home and if you want a safe room have it built. After all its your survival and safety that your worried about.
7. Be sure that you equip your home with flashlights and batteries and that you put them in easy to reach locations where children won't play with them and run down the batteries. Ideally each room should have a flashlight and back up batteries. This way you will never be with out a light. If you live in a area where a hurricane or bad storms are likely consider buying a couple of battery powered lanterns and have extra batteries for them also. Store them in a easy to reach area inside your home.
8. Buy 25 gallons of water and keep it stored out of the way inside your home. If you know a hurricane or bad storm is approaching your area ahead of time put as much of your water as you can in your freezer and allow it to freeze so you will have cold drinking water for the day or two that your power might be out. Even if the waters frozen in the freezer and the power goes out it will take 24-48 hours for the water to thaw out.
9. Be sure that you have a weather radio with extra batteries and a A.M./F.M. radio also with extra batteries. Be sure that you replace your extra stored batteries about every six months.
10. If you have small children prepare a special box with games, coloring books, crayons, and etc to be brought out in an emergency. Also stock this box with baby wipes and bottles of hand washing solution in case you need to clean your kids up with out water. A couple of wash cloths and a couple of hand towels could also come in handy.
11. Prepare an emergency box with plastic cups, bowls, plastic silverware, paper napkins and paper towels in case you do get caught with out power or water for a few days. I would also include a large package of disposable plates. This way if you ever do need it you'll have it.
12. Your home needs a large well stocked first aid kit. Check out your kit carefully and make sure to buy back ups for most items in the first aid kit. You may want to also purchase and keep a supply of over the counter medications with your first aid kit like aspirin, Tylenol, extra band aids, and etc. If you need any special over the counter medications for small children buy back ups and keep them with the first aid kit. Also think about this. If your power is out in the summer time you may have to raise your windows and mosquitoes and bugs may get in so keep a supply of insect repellent with your first aid kit.
13. Take a box and stock it with quick snack foods like Vienna Sausage, Beanie Wienies, Zip Lock Cans Of Chicken and Tuna and similar items. Fill this box with canned foods that can be opened up for a quick meal for you and your kids. About every six months put the items from the box out on your pantry shelf's so they will be used and restock your box. Keep a can opener, and a sharp knife in this box along with the quick snack items. Also keep a few boxes of stick matches in a plastic container in this box so you would have them in an emergency. A flash light with extra batteries should also go in this box. If you need to you can quickly put this box in the car and take it with you in the event of an emergency.
14. Your cars trunk should be equipped with a basic survival kit that you can put together in a toolbox or plastic bin with lid. This box should include an emergency only cell phone, matches in a plastic container, flash lights and batteries, a small first aid kit, a couple of rolls of toilet paper, a can opener, a sharp knife, a roll of duct tape, a coil of rope, a couple of new blankets, hand wash soap, a portable radio with extra batteries and etc. I have a small folding shovel and a hammer and selection of nails also in mine. I also have a large plastic tarp and another coil of rope in the trunk under the spare tire. This way I am always prepared no matter what the emergency is. Some people also include a small fishing rod and other fishing gear.
The T.V. Show Doomsday Preppers and the T.V. Show Doomsday Bunkers both give you some great basic survival tips and suggestions. Like I said I'm not telling you to become a doomsday prepper I'm just giving you some basic information to protect you and your home and make your life and your children's lives a lot easier in the event of an emergency.
You can do any or all of these things you want to so that you will be prepared in the case of an emergency. It is always better to be prepared for any type of emergency. And like I said I'm not telling you to become a doomsday prepper but its always best to be prepared for any type of emergency that could come up. This way you can keep you, your children and your home safe.
Hurricane Survival Check List
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