We lived through Hurricane Florence last year, and I wouldn’t wish a hurricane on anyone. Hurricane Matthew hit our area a few years before that, and Hurricane Michael passed by us right after Florence, so I’ve had my share of hurricanes. Enough so that I finally sat down to put together Drugstore Divas’ How To Prepare For A Hurricane Guide.
Since Matthew was the first hurricane to head for us after purchasing our house, it was a big learning curve. I read a lot, wrote down a lot, prepared a lot.
So when Hurricane Florence came through, I was really secure in my preparation. And thank goodness because we actually ended up evacuating because of it.
Parts of our town had a voluntary evacuation. And let me tell you: If parts of your town need to evacuate, get out of there too. You don’t want to be home during the storm. Even if your house is fine, your area is not. And access to food and gas — or just access to roads — is extremely limited. So get out of there.
We actually had a flight planned anyway because my brother was getting married in New York at, virtually, the exact moment our house was getting pounded by the hurricane. So we had to leave even though we didn’t have to leave.
We did have to get back, though, and that was crazy.
Our plan had always been to fly up north and then drive back south with my parents because the return flight options would get us home later than driving would. At least, originally. It did end up taking us three days to get back from New York (which is usually a 10 hour drive, with stops). We kept hitting curfew for the counties and having to stop for the night.
We learned a lot during that situation, and I blogged a bunch of it. With it being Hurricane Season now, I’ve been getting a lot of search traffic coming to those posts.
So I wanted to make it easier for everyone and put all my hurricane preparedness posts n one place.
How To Prepare For A Hurricane Guide
This Hurricane Guide is split into three parts: Before the hurricane, during the hurricane, and after the hurricane.
If you’re starting to plan, the Hurricane Preparedness Checklist is a good place to start. It’s filled with things you need to do (like purchasing enough water) and tips (like filling your bathtub with water so you can flush your toilet in case you lose water). It’s mostly a list so you can get your home ready for a hurricane — if you’re staying or not.
If you’re not staying, the what to pack if you have to evacuate for a hurricane post is really helpful. If you are getting ready to evacuate, it’s nice to read it to make sure you didn’t overlook anything.
The during the hurricane section focuses on if you are staying home and waiting out the storm. I can’t advise you on if you should stay or go. But, if you do stay, these posts are a good read. And read them now because if you lose power, you might not be able to read them later on.
And the after the hurricane section gives you tips about traveling and driving, mostly geared towards after it is safe to come home because the hurricane has past. Keep in mind that roads you’re used to taking may not be accessible after a hurricane. Around our area, downed trees and sinkholes were popping up all over. Roads that we took on a Sunday were closed and impassable by Monday.
Whatever you do — and I can’t stress this enough — is be safe. This is a Hurricane Guide. It’s not law. You’re the one in your area, not me. So I can’t tell you the best decision to make to keep you and your family safe. But I can tell you this: Make the decisions that will keep you and your family safe. You can replace a house or food; you can’t replace people. We kept repeating that during Hurricane Florence, and it really did put a lot into perspective.
Before The Hurricane
During The Hurricane
After The Hurricane
All these posts are based on my prior experience with hurricanes.
We got lucky during Hurricane Florence and didn’t need to put in an insurance claim. Well, we probably could have because we still have a lot of downed trees, even a year later, that no one ever cleaned up (even though it’s town property behind our house). Our deductible is pretty high, and our actual damage was pretty minor, so it wasn’t worth it for us to file an insurance claim. So, luckily, I don’t actually have any posts on insurance or on FEMA. A lot of people in our area did utilize FEMA, and we actually were able to file a claim if we thought necessary. We didn’t, but I may write a post about that in the future, since we were contacted and did look into our options.
Also, as hurricane season continues, I’m sure I’ll be adding more hurricane-related content to Drugstore Divas. And if I do, I’ll update this guide to include that information.
For now, though, I’m just hoping that Hurricane Dorian stays on its current path and doesn’t shift towards North Carolina, as one report said it might. But, if it stays on its current path, it’s headed right for my parents’ house in Florida. And that area was hit hard last hurricane seasoon. So I don’t want it to come here, but I also don’t want it to go there. So, right now, I’m just hoping it blows out to sea and no one needs this guide.
So, if you’re one of the people in this hurricane’s path, or maybe just in a future one’s path, I hope this guide helps you prepare. And I hope that you and your family stay safe.