As September creeps closer, it is important for those who live in the Carolinas to prepare for hurricane season. Mid-September marks the peak of hurricane season and North and South Carolina are hotspots for major storms. Residents of the states should be prepared to survive a serious hurricane that could eliminate power and the ability to leave their home.
Twenty-five years ago Hurricane Hugo caused $7 billion worth of damage and many lives were taken. While the Carolinas have experienced mostly weaker storms since then, you need to be prepared for anything. Residents should be prepared to live in their home without utilities or emergency services for extended periods of time. A major hurricane could shut down areas for days or even weeks at a time.
Preparation is the most important survival tool for natural disasters like hurricanes. This means storing freeze dried food, water, and non-perishables. It could be weeks before you are able to access fresh food, so having a well-stocked emergency food supply is important. Freeze dried food has a long shelf life and can provide you and your family with essential nutrients that the body needs to function. There are hurricane ready kits that will have important supplies you might need during the natural disaster. Back-up generators and batteries are also good to have just in case there is a power outage. Pre-cutting plywood to cover your home’s windows is also important. An evacuation plan should be created in case you must leave your home unexpectedly. Knowing where you are going to go and how you will get there should be planned out ahead of time. All these things should be done before hurricane season so you can be prepared when a hurricane hits.
Preparing for a natural disaster is important no matter where you live. You never know when and where a natural disaster will strike. If you live in an area that is near the ocean and more likely to be hit by a hurricane in September, make sure you are prepared as soon as possible. Being properly prepared could be the difference between life and death during a natural disaster.