In this audio podcast we comment on the most common tips for hurricane preparedness, add a few of our own, and then interview a Handyguys Podcast fan and hurricane veteran.
Here are some tips The Handyguys discuss:
- Check gutters and downspouts, make sure they are functional and well attached.
- Put things like lawn chairs, garbage cans, recycling bins, and anything that could blow away in a secure location. Look around at your neighbors property too. Help them get cleaned up. Their stuff could blow into your windows.
- Trim dead limbs from trees
- Ensure your sump-pump is operational, consider a water powered or battery backup sump pump
- Ensure you have a working flashlight and that you know where it is
- Make sure your vehicle(s) are filled with gas
- If you have a generator – make sure its in working condition, test it. Make sure you have a supply of fresh gas and that you know how to use it (and how you shouldn’t use it)
- If you have a chainsaw – make sure your blades are sharp and you have gas/oil, etc.
- Make sure you have a battery or hand crank operated radio so you can get storm updates in the event of a power failure
- Make sure your garage door is latched closed (helps keep water out and secures somewhat better against wind). Don’t close the garage door if you are running a generator in the garage
- Make sure you have supplies of medications, water, food, etc. (If you loose power frequently how long is it usually out?)
- Make sure your cell phones are fully charged.
- Identify the safest room in your house. It would be a room with no windows or exterior doors.
- Turn your refrigerator to its COLDEST setting a few hours before the storm.
These aren’t all the things you need to do. That will depend on the severity of the hit in your area. Make sure you keep safe and follow all emergency instructions and evacuations if necessary.
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