Typical Prepping

Hurricane Preparedness

June 15, 2021 Keith Thomas Season 1 Episode 16
Typical Prepping
Hurricane Preparedness
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In This Episode:

 Hurricane season is upon us. Are you ready for hurricane season? Have you determined your hurricane risk? Do you know if you live in an evacuation zone? In this episode, we will attempt to help you answer these three questions and much much more.

Key Topics:

  • 01:05   Introduction
  • 02:26   Make a Plan
  • 03:20   Know your risk
  • 04:00   Pay attention to emergency notifications and alerts
  • 04:38   Plan for evacuation
  • 05:31   Take action to protect your property against wind and water damage
  • 08:38   Stay safe during a hurricane
  • 09:09   Stay safe after a hurricane
  • 09:48   Summary



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The Family Emergency Communications Plan

Financial Disaster Planning

The Basic Emergency Supply Kit

Family Emergency Communications Forms PDF

Financial Disaster Plan Forms PDF

Basic Emergency Supplies kit Checklist PDF

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 Hurricane season is upon us. Are you ready for hurricane season? Have you determined your hurricane risk? Do you know if you live in an evacuation zone? In this episode, we will attempt to help you answer these three questions and much much more.

A hurricane is a tropical cyclone that forms in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico. They are among the most destructive forces in nature. Hurricane season runs from June through November, peaking in early to mid-September. But hurricanes can happen at any time.

While hurricane winds and tide surge pose a tremendous threat to life and property, resulting in heavy rains and tornadoes also cause extensive damage. 

Tropical storms and depressions can also cause major damage. Even if a storm doesn't reach the maximum sustained wind speed of 74 miles per hour to classify as a hurricane, the 39 to 73 mile-per-hour winds of a tropical storm, along with heavy rains and tornadoes, can cause loss of life and property.

Preparing For A Hurricane

Make A Plan

When preparing for any disaster the first thing we should have is a plan. Your plan should include shelter and evacuation plans, as well as your family emergency communication plan, copies or originals of important documents as outlined in the financial disaster plan, and an emergency kit either for the entire family or individual kits for each family member. If you haven’t made a plan, check out our past episodes on creating a family emergency communication plan, financial disaster planning, and the basic emergency supplies kit, I’ll leave links to these episodes in the show notes for you, and be sure to check out the free pdf files we have available to help create your emergency plan.

   Your plan can also include emergency supplies or directions for specific emergencies.

Know your risk 

Most States that rest on the coastline have some type of system setup for their citizens. These systems typically break down the coastline area into zones or evacuation zones. Most Coastal States have a web page from the States Department of Emergency Management which lists the different zones along the coastline along with evacuation routes and other pertinent information.

You can check with local authorities to determine your hurricane risk and whether you live in an evacuation zone.

Pay attention to emergency notifications and alerts

Talk with your family about what to do if a hurricane strikes. Discussing hurricanes ahead of time helps reduce fear, particularly for younger children.

Make sure you have access to NOAA radio broadcasts.

 Be aware of hurricane Watches or Warnings: a watch means a hurricane is possible in your area, while a warning means the storm is expected to hit your area. listen to radio and television announcements for new developments and possible evacuation orders. 


If the danger is significant, state or local government officials may issue an evacuation notice. You can do the following to be better prepared. Learn your community’s evacuation plan and identify several posted routes to leave the area.

 • Evacuation routes: Check with your state’s Department of Transportation or Office of Emergency Management website to find routes near you.

 • Emergency shelter location: To find a shelter near you, download the FEMA app, I’ve provided a link to the FEMA app in the show notes if you wish to download the app. Once you determine your evacuation route and shelter location, write them down on your Hurricane Preparedness Checklist,  this information can help to reunite with family members.


 Planning and preparing before a hurricane strikes can help you manage the impact of high winds and floodwaters. Take the steps outlined below to keep you and your family safe while protecting your home and property. If you are a renter, talk with your landlord or property manager about the steps you can take together to protect yourself, your family, your home, and your property. Declutter drains and gutters, bring in outside furniture, consider hurricane shutters, or Boarding up windows with a minimum of half-inch marine-grade plywood.


 High winds: The best way to reduce the risk of damage to a structure from hurricane winds is to reinforce or strengthen the building including doors, windows, walls, and roofs. The best way to protect yourself is to consider either constructing a safe room that meets FEMA criteria or a storm shelter that meets ICC 500 criteria. Wind-borne debris: Bring loose, lightweight objects (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans, and bicycles) inside; anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., gas grills and propane tanks); and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on buildings.


 There are steps that you or your property owner can take now to make your home or business more flood-resistant. Some improvements are simple and inexpensive; others require more of an investment. As your budget allows, take these steps to protect your property from flood damage and manage your risks. • Keep gutters and drains free of debris. • Install a water alarm and sump pumps with battery backup. • Install “check valves'' in sewer lines to prevent floodwater from backing up into your drains. • Stockpile emergency protective materials such as plywood, plastic sheeting, and sandbags. • Elevate the heating system (furnace), water heater, and electric panel if susceptible to flooding. • Waterproof the basement. • In areas with repetitive flooding, consider elevating the building.


 Most property insurance policies do not cover flood losses, so you will need to purchase separate flood insurance if your property is at risk for flooding. Talk to your insurance agent about buying flood insurance. Flood insurance is available for homeowners, renters, and business owners through the National Flood Insurance Program in participating communities. Keep in mind that a policy purchased today will take 30 days to go into effect, so act now! 

Staying safe during a hurricane 

If you decide to stay in your home or if you are in an area outside of the evacuation zone, be sure to close all external doors securely. Close all interior doors. Stay inside a room in the interior part of your home or building, away from windows and exterior doors, preferably close to a restroom. Lie on the floor under a table or next to a heavy piece of furniture. And stay away from Windows.

Staying safe after a hurricane

Monitor the news for the latest warnings and updates. Listen for any news of floods in your area. Return to your home only after the area is reported as safe. Survey the outdoor area for damage. Be alert for any loose power lines outside the home. Check for fallen trees, roof damage, or any instability in your home. Leave immediately if anything appears unsafe. Look for flooding or water damage. Take photos of all damage for any property insurance claims. 


These are just some basic instructions that you can follow to keep yourself and your family safe during a hurricane. Whether you live in a high-risk hurricane area or visiting on vacation these instructions are meant to keep you safe and prepared in the event of a hurricane.

While in a hurricane risk area;

Know the risk that a hurricane may pose in the area where you live or are visiting.

 Pay attention to emergency notifications and alerts.

Know the evacuation routes in case you need to evacuate the area

Remember that hurricanes can affect areas several hundred miles inland.

Remember flood safety! flood waters may contain broken glass sewage deceased animals as well as cover other hazards.

6 inches of floodwater can sweep your feet out from under you and  1 foot of floodwater could float your vehicle from the roadway!\

 When returning home after a hurricane, be sure to have your home inspected to ensure structural integrity and to identify hazards! 

Whether you live in a hurricane risk area or are visiting on vacation, be sure to stay alert and not let your summer fun turn into a tragic situation!

 Well, folks, that's gonna do it for this week. Thanks for listening and join me next week for another preparedness topic and Until then, stay safe and be prepared! 

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Make A Plan
Know your risk
Pay attention to emergency notifications and alerts
Plan for evacuation
Take action to protect your property against wind and water damage
Stay safe during a hurricane
Stay safe after a hurricane