Hurricane season is in full swing, and you want to be sure you and your family are prepared. There are many steps you can take to be ready when a hurricane causes a power outage or floods your home. Bryan & Bryan Inspections recommends following these three basic steps to ensure you and your family are equipped when disaster strikes.
1. Make a Plan
One of the best ways to be ready for a hurricane is to make a plan. When disaster does hit, it can be difficult to think about what needs to be done. Having a plan already in place will allow you to act with a clear mind during an emergency. Follow these steps to create a thorough emergency plan:
Keep a record of emergency phone numbers either on the refrigerator or in an easy-to-reach place.
Put together an emergency supply kit that includes things like bottled water, non-perishable food, battery-powered radio, a flashlight, and a first aid kit.
Identify and keep a list of the closest shelters in case of an evacuation.
2. Gather Emergency Supplies
Along with an emergency supply kit, you’ll want to have other emergency supplies located in a place that will be easy to get to when you need them the most. Think about adding these items to your emergency supply pack:
Emergency medicine supply
Safety and personal items
Important documents like wills, passports, and personal identification
3. Get Your House Ready
Another important task is to get your home ready for the torrential rains and high winds of a hurricane. You’ll want to secure items so they don’t blow around and damage your home or your neighbor’s homes. You’ll also want to secure specific areas of your home, such as windows, shutters, and doors, so you can minimize the amount of damage. You can take these steps to keep your personal items and home safe:
Move all patio furniture, bikes, grills, and other items under a shelter or in your garage.
Cover windows and doors with storm shutters or plywood.
Check that your carbon monoxide detector is working to prevent CO poisoning in the event of broken gas lines.
Schedule an Inspection Today
Make sure your home is hurricane-ready by scheduling a home inspection today when you call Bryan & Bryan at (866) 484-8318. We serve the Houston area with our mold inspections, pest control services, stucco inspections, and commercial inspections.
Source: “Preparing for a Hurricane or Other Tropical Storm.” Web article. Centers for Disease Control. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Web. 04 Jun. 2022.