Hurricane season is fast approaching. Are you prepared? Large storms can bring much damage with wind, hail, and rain. But if you have yard waste, construction debris, trees with dead limbs, or trash around your property, these can become airborne and dangerous in severe weather. Prep for hurricane season and keep your home and family safe.
Every year severe storm damage costs sore into the billions. North Carolina sees its share of hurricanes from June 1st to November 30th. But you can help reduce the stress and anxiety these storms can cause by being prepared by following these tips.
Steps For Preparing For Hurricane Season in North Carolina
Hurricanes are full of unpredictability. Some storms drop buckets of seemingly unending rain, causing flash flooding and home damage. The wind is also a huge concern with these summer storms.
Having that much stuff to throw away, you quickly will find your trash can spilling over.
Make a Plan for Your Family
Come up with an emergency plan for your family. Go over this plan with each member of your family so what they are to do and where to be if either an evacuation order or a shelter-in-place order is issued.
Your emergency plan should include the following:
- Responsibilities plan: Who will take care of family pets? Who will stock up on items and groceries before the storm? Who will be the out-of-area emergency contact?
- Stay in touch plan: Get the contact information of each family member, along with social media and email accounts. Text or phone calls will likely be the first lines of communication, but it is worth considering walkie-talkie apps like Zello that are usable without cell service.
- Pick an emergency contact: Have an emergency contact that lives out of the area, as long-distance calls may be the only ones that go through when local lines are down.
- Medical needs plan: If anyone takes medication that needs to be refrigerated, decide how you might keep them cold without power or in the event of an evacuation. Possibly a cooler may be the best option in these cases.
- Pet Plan: This plan should include where pets will be safest if sheltering at home—such as in a bathroom with no windows—and where they stay if you do evacuate. Some hotels and shelters are pet friendly. Possibly recruit friends or family out of the area who may be willing to allow your pets to stay with them.
- Meetup location: Along with a spot right outside your home, you should also choose a meetup location in your neighborhood or a place all members are familiar with in the event of a sudden evacuation order. This way, everyone will know to meet there even if they are not together when the order arrives.
Hurricane Preparedness Kit
Once your plan is in place, make a kit of essential items before an approaching storm. Some families do this annually, a month before hurricane season begins. What should you include in your kit?
- At least three days’ worth of drinking water
- Three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Three-day supply of pet food & water
- A change of clothing
- Battery- or solar-powered flashlights or lanterns
- A battery-powered radio for weather updates
- A list of emergency contacts
- Prescriptions and other essential medicines such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and Neosporin
- A first-aid kit
- Important documents like copies of titles, bank information, passports, and driver’s licenses
- Credit card and emergency cash
For a more detailed kit list, go to ready.gov. Here you can download an emergency supply list.
Prepare Your Home
Though you cannot control the amount of damage, you may be able to minimize it through preparation.
- Clean up your yard. Store away lawn furniture, umbrellas, yard tools, and potted plants. Secure all grills, smokers, and bikes.
- Trim trees and remove all dead limbs. Order a dumpster for easy and quick disposal.
- Secure doors and windows. Lock all doors, and secure windows with tape in case of flying debris.
- Service and fuel home generators in case you lose power during a shelter-in-place order.
Post Hurricane Clean-up
If your area has experienced a severe storm or hurricane, there are a few things to do safely.
- Use safety gear: Stock up with goggles, waterproof boots, gloves, and NIOSH-approved half or full-face N95 respirator masks.
- Open all windows and doors to allow air to flow and release moisture.
- Clean out any items damaged beyond repair. You can also rent a residential roll-off dumpster for storm clean-up, which is economical and can be delivered quickly.
- If there has been significant flooding or water damage, take photos of the damaged sheet rock and flooring before removing it. You can contact a professional flood clean-up team for the job.
- While wearing the proper safety equipment, disinfect and clean any surfaces affected by storm debris or potential area for mold and mildew to grow.
Call Triple R Dumpsters For Hurricane and Storm Clean-up
For storm preparation and clean-up, call Triple R Dumpsters. We will work quickly to deliver and pick up a roll-off dumpster for you. Our roll-off dumpsters can be filled with yard debris, damaged furniture, carpet, and trash. Keeping our community safe is very important to us. Go online for an instant quote and easy scheduling.
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