By Cristi McKee | Photo: David Mark
In the chaos that ensues when a hurricane watch is announced, there are a couple of things that one may forget to do during their hurricane preparation. Stocking up on non-perishable foods, filling up jugs of water, and lining up candles and flashlights are tasks that are essential to do, but these 6 important tasks should not be forgotten when prepping.
Photograph every room in the house — In the unfortunate event that there is storm damage to your house, you will need to make an insurance claim. Making sure to photograph each room in your house—including closets, expensive electronics, jewelry, and the like—will make the insurance claim process easier.
Think about the dogs/cats — Dogs and cats are not used to inclement weather, so ensuring that they have a comfortable, safe space to curl up in will offer them some comfort. In addition, consider what you might do for bathroom time during the storm.
Clean the house beforehand — If the electricity goes out, the air conditioning turns off, you cannot turn on any lights, and you cannot store perishable food, the last thing you want to do is trip over something on the floor that you cannot see. Before the storm, cleaning up the house is a good idea.
Fill the freezer with ice — If the electricity goes out, refrigerators and freezers will begin to heat up. Filling your freezer, however, with ice—in Ziploc bags or Tupperware—can slow down the process and possibly keep your frozen food from spoiling.
Get gasoline — If you plan to evacuate, or just want to be able to drive around post-hurricane, filling up your car(s) now is a good idea. In addition, generators require gasoline to run, so stocking up on extra gasoline now is a must if you plan to utilize a one.
Fill up the water bottles — Before jumping to purchase a 24-pack of water bottles from the store, fill up the plastic water bottles you have in your own house. You probably have more than you think.
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