Flooding can be one of the devastating effects of a hurricanes. If your cabin happens to be located in an area frequently affected by these storms, early summer is a great time to get it ready. Here are seven tips courtesy of Generac (generac.com) to help you prepare:
- Buy a local/state map: Whether you are waiting out the storm or are forced to evacuate, a local and/or state map is essential. When the power goes out, your GPS might not be fully charged or functional, so a map will help you either find the quickest way out of town or get around closed/blocked roads.
- Do your laundry and dishes ahead of time: Having all of your clothes, towels and dishes clean and ready to go will not only give you more resources during the storm, but you also won’t have to worry about finding a place to wash them because you will have lots of clean ones on hand.
- Place towels along window sills and the bottom of doors leading outside: The towels will act as an extra barrier to keep water from seeping into your cabin. This is especially important for any windows or doors on lower levels and in basements.
- Create a box of things to do: Boredom may not be the first thing that comes to mind when a hurricane is imminent, but whether you’re riding the storm out or are staying out of town, you and your family aren’t able to stick to your usual routine, especially when the power goes out. Fill a box with books, cards, magazines, crafts and other activities to keep your mind from worrying and your family busy. This is particularly helpful for families with young children.
- Have a backup generator installed: Prior to the summer months, most aren’t thinking about hurricanes and power outages, but by having a backup generator installed when weather worries are minimal, it can save a lot of headaches come hurricane season. A backup generator is a great option because it automatically kicks in when your power goes out.
- Invest in hurricane-proof windows: Although boarding and taping windows is an important preparedness step, it doesn’t guarantee that glass won’t break. For extra caution, have hurricane-proof windows installed earlier in the year. The windows are made with an invisible layer of plastic between two glass slabs, so even if the glass breaks, the plastic layer stays intact and keeps glass shards from flying around your cabin.
- Purchase windload and impact-rated garage doors: If hurricane winds bend your garage door, it can lift your roof and damage the structure of your cabin. Installing windload and impact-resistant doors prior to hurricane season will help ensure the structure of your cabin is protected.