Are you ready for a hurricane ~~
It is August and you need to get ready for a hurricane. I grew up in New Orleans and have been living in Houston for the past 15 years. The worst hurricanes have made landfall the end of August and September. The names were: Hurricane Betsy, Camille, Katrina, Harvey, Ike, and Rita to name a few.
Every year storms and hurricanes develop, and some will come into the Gulf of Mexico. I am amazed that many people do not get ready for a hurricane. As a home organizer and having walked others through the clean-up, I can tell you that it is better to be prepared. Understanding that as years go by; the memory of a bad hurricane may fade.
When a hurricane looks like it will make landfall in your area, there are usually two options: stay or leave. If you are warned to evacuate you should probably do so for the safety of you and your loved ones. Are you ready for a hurricane?
Here is a quick check list for being ready :
- Fireproof, waterproof, heat resistant portable safe, in there be sure to include important documents.
- Birth and marriage certificate, family wills
- Passports, social security cards, driver’s license, and/ or identification
- Home owners and auto insurance policies with contact information
- Loan and credit documents and current financial statements
- Titles and registration for vehicles and/ or property
- List of medications, health conditions, and doctor’s contact information
- Important keys
- Because your phone may battery die; keep a paper list of important names and numbers
- Photograph the contents of your home and store on a thumb drive or in a cloud based service
- Have recent photos of your loved ones and agree on a meeting place ahead of time, in case you are separated
- Pack bedding, toiletries, clothes, medications, books to read, and toys for children for a few days
Should you choose to stay ~~
Because you may become trapped in your home, it is a good idea to always keep the following on hand:
- Bottled water
- Canned food or crackers
- Manual can opener
- Flashlight and portable radio with batteries
- Disinfectant wipes for body and surfaces
- Trash bags, toilet paper, paper towels
- First aid kit
- Whistle to alert rescuers
- Generator to run a small a/c or fans
After Hurricane Harvey, many used this as a wake up called to get organized and purged some of the excess clutter from their homes. If you need help and even if you’re in another state, please contact me. I’d love to help. So most of all, grab a cup of coffee and make a list of things you need to do to get ready for a hurricane.
Lisa Giesler, Professional Organizer, Speaker, Author of Uncluttered :discovering strength and purpose in the chaos of life and My Life is a Mess : Organizing 101