We prepare our homes around here for other things like decor and coziness, but we typically don’t think about how to prepare for a hurricane or other disasters until it’s emergency time. Amen? I’m guilty too, y’all, even though I know firsthand what it feels like to lose it all. We recently visited the Florida Keys and saw recovery from a hurricane still going on a year later. Today I’m sharing quick ways that wives can prepare our homes right now that often aren’t thought of until it’s too late.
I’m sharing how to prepare for a hurricane & other disaster home tips from our own experiences. Go through my list of things to do below before threats of a tornado, flood, hurricane or other disaster strikes to gain a little piece of mind!
How to prepare for a hurricane at home
There are so many things that we as wives can do around the house before the threat of a storm (or any other natural disaster) heads our way (hurricane supply list link near the end). The most important thing we can do is begin!
Preparing our home outdoors
We all lead incredibly busy lives and things to do to improve our home on the outside often get overlooked, so let’s take a stroll outside together to check it out and see how to prepare for a hurricane and other scary disasters. With eminent disasters in mind, how does everything look? I’ll ask some questions as we look around.
Are there lots of unnecessary objects in your yard that could be tossed around in dangerously high winds? If you have a trampoline, figure out how to tie it down safety now before the threat of tornado causes more danger. Remove random objects now that don’t serve a purpose (your place will look less cluttered that way too)!
How does the roof look? Figure out how old your roof is and get the hubs or a professional to check it out for you. This could solve a lot of leakage heartbreak in the future.
How are your windows? If you have storm shutters, make sure they are in good working condition. If not, make sure windows are leak proof and that dangerous branches nearby are taken care of.
How do your drains and gutters look? Make sure both are clean and clear.
Do you have check valves on plumbing? If not, make sure to install those (thank you, YouTube!) or get the hubs or a professional to do so. Having these plumbing check valves installed will prevent backups.
Do you own a generator? Make sure that yours is in working order but figure out now where it will be used that can be outdoors and away from windows. It would be a good investment to own one if at all possible.
Preparing our home indoors
There are several ways we can check out how to prepare for a hurricane and other things inside the home as well. Let’s have a look around the homestead, shall we?
Do you know where your insurance policy is? It is a great idea to read through it quickly to see what is covered and what is not. After doing so, put it and other important documents in a waterproof/fireproof place. You can also create password-protected digital copies.
Do you have photos and descriptions of items in your home? Trust me, this would have been an incredible blessing to us when we lost our home and contents to fire. Take photos of all valuables and housewares that you will have to replace if you were to lose it all and have to start over. Store images “in the cloud” or in a waterproof/fireproof container of your choice.
Do you have your most precious memories protected? It’s not a bad idea to take a hard look at just a handful of mementos that can’t be replaced (most important photos, certificates, etc) should a flood, tornado or fire come knocking at your door. Figure out the best way to protect these items that meet your family’s needs. Safety deposit boxes, fireproof gun safes, digital scanners, indestructible containers, etc.
Do you have backup chargers for cell phones? I’ve started a new habit of making sure my phone is close to a full charge and making sure my portable chargers are ready to go at all times too. You never know when you might lose power and desperately need to be in contact with others.
Do you have your own wifey toolkit? I realized a long time ago that if I wanted to put my hands on a hammer or screwdriver at a moment’s notice, I’d need to have my own toolkit. My family gave me one as a gift so I wouldn’t have to keep hunting down where Superman had left his tools last (bless!) We all need a wrench or pliers to turn off utilities. Duct tape could come in handy as well.
Do you have a working, battery-operated radio in your home? Don’t rely on the internet or “Alexa” or the like. You can also get a hand crank radio with NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) alerts. While you’re at it, be sure to sign up for your local community’s warning system.
Do you have a shelter & evacuation escape plan in writing? Talk with your family about the best plan in your home that would be the safest during a disaster (small, interior, windowless room or hallway on the lowest floor that is not subject to flooding is normally the best bet). If you are called to evaluate your home, review the best evacuation route and shelter location written on paper to be stored with your emergency kit.
By the way, I’ve got my eye on this little gem…
General preparedness for wives.
You can find a basic survival kit supplies and/or an emergency preparedness list at the American Red Cross, Ready.gov or your state-operated emergency agency so I won’t put the exhaustive list. But, here are a few bare minimum emergency preparedness list items that I’m working on personally to store in the closet that are easy and inexpensive (and less stressful) to gather now:
- Manual can opener
- Flashlight & plenty of batteries
- Well-stocked kit first-aid kit
- Plastic plates, forks, knives, and spoons
- A seven-day supply of water & food for each member of the family
Moist towelettes, heavy-duty garbage bags, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, gloves, and plastic ties
you feel better about how to prepare for a hurricane & other disasters around your home? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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