Last updated on September 7th, 2017 at 11:59 am
In New Jersey, hurricanes usually mean power outages, and lots of rain and wind. Tropical Storm Irene and Superstorm Sandy are still all to fresh in the memories of everyone in the Garden State.
Folks on the Plymouth Rock team in NJ learned so many valuable lessons from those two storms that anyone in the path of a hurricane can benefit from. We wanted to share some of the hurricane preparedness tips we learned from our experiences. Don’t forget, hurricane season lasts way longer than you might thing (June 1 through November 30!). Here are 10 hurricane-tested tips to help you prepare for the next storm.
- Stock up on batteries and flashlights now. When Sandy was approaching, batteries were scarce. Buy them now and put them in a closet so you won’t be tempted to use them today.
- Stash that cash. Power outages mean credit and debit cards probably won’t work. If you know a storm is coming, make sure you have cash on hand.
- Gas up. Fill up your vehicles before everyone makes a mad dash to gas stations. Also, fill up spare containers if you have a generator or other necessary gas-powered items.
- Have an exit strategy. A lot of folks at Plymouth Rock have hurricane backpacks or supplies. Make sure you’re protecting your important documents, along with gathering non-perishable food and water. It’s not a bad idea to also include a flashlight, basic first-aid supplies. If you gave pets, make sure to plan ahead for their safety, too.
- Gather your gear. Make sure to check on the status of all your items (like lanterns, batteries, battery-powered radio, solar cellphone charger, etc.). You don’t want to be fumbling in the dark looking for those spare batteries. All this stuff is best kept in one place, whether it’s an old shoe box, storage container or backpack.
- Know before you go. Familiarize yourself in advance with evacuation routes and storm surge areas near you.
- Stock up on food. Power outages after Sandy lasted a really long time in some places. If your home or apartment kitchen appliances rely on electricity, you’ll need to have food available that doesn’t need to be prepared or cooked.
- Power up. Make sure all your devices are fully charged. It’s also not a bad idea to charge spare batteries if you have the rechargeable kind.
- Have a family plan. Make a plan before the storm hits. Include phone numbers, a phone tree if you have a large family or even a private Facebook group so you can stay in contact.
- There’s no time like the present. The worst time to prepare for a hurricane is during one. Take the time today to make sure you and your loved ones are as ready as they can be.
Hurricanes are scary business. While we can’t control them, we can definitely control how we react to them. Being prepared is your best defense.