Hurricane checklist: Don’t forget these 5 preparations before a storm

Hurricane checklist: Don’t forget these 5 preparations before a storm

It’s easy to forget the simple things when making last minute preparations for an approaching hurricane or storm.  

While it’s obvious that food, water, medication and other vital supplies will make up your emergency stash, there are other preparations that could slip your mind and leave you in the lurch.  

Here are five storm/hurricane preparations you shouldn’t forget. 


Take out some cash 


We’ve become accustomed to using our bank cards, credit cards and online banking to pay for goods and services. However, it’s always a good idea to keep some cash at hand for an emergency in the event banks, ATMS  or even the internet is not available after a storm or hurricane.  



Fill up your motor vehicle  

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Don’t forget to keep your motor vehicle filled with gasoline, especially if you need it to evacuate due to storm or hurricane conditions. Trying to get into a gas station right before or after could be a challenge.  




Invest in portable power banks

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A blackout is possible during a hurricane or storm. Investing in portable power banks could ensure your devices don’t die on you, whether it’s your cellphone for emergency calls or keeping up to date with the news, or electronic devices like laptops and tablets for entertainment purposes.  



Store away important documents   

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It will definitely be a hassle to try and get back important documents such as birth certificates, medical records, banking information, ID cards and other personal documents if damaged or lost due to a hurricane or storm. Don’t forget to put all your important documents in a waterproof folder or case and keep it stored high away from possible indoor floods.  




Get your yard ready  

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Imagine believing you are safe inside your home only to forget about the loose furniture, potted plants or even trampoline that could become projectiles and break and damage windows or doors. Make sure to check your yard for any items that could become projectiles, including dead tree limbs.  


The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 to November 30.  

  • PublishedMay 31, 2024

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