A Few Hurricane Survival Tips

It seemed fitting to pass along a few hurricane preparation reminders. In the interest of honesty, I don’t live in a hurricane prone part of the country, so this info is distilled from those who do.

Even if you’ve heard these tips before, hurricanes pose a serious enough threat that they shouldn’t be taken lightly.

When a hurricane appears to be on its way, clear your yard of any loose material, such as tree branches and lawn furniture that might blow around. Anchor what cannot be removed. Board up windows or brace them with crisscrossed strips of heavy tape so glass won’t shatter in strong winds.

Keep flashlights, good batteries, a battery-operated radio, a first-aid kit, water, and essential medications on hand. Stock up on nonperishable food. Have a few MRE’s on hand.

During a hurricane, stay inside. A sudden calm may mean only that the eye of the storm is passing over you. Keep listening for bulletins about the storm’s progress on the radio.

Have a family emergency communication plan in case you become separated from family members. Review your family’s evacuation plan.

Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

4 thoughts on “A Few Hurricane Survival Tips”

  1. taping windows does nothing, they need to be boarded up. my house has gone thru francis, jeanne, wilma and other storms.
    be prepared for the electric to be out awhile, we went 9 days without, over 3 million without electric as a result of francis. Preppin is the key, be prepared.

  2. I agree with Seth and so does our Emergency Preparededness Office here in SW Florida – board up your windows – tape does nothing.

    Also, have CASH with you – no electricity means no ATMs, etc. Have an outside grill to cook on if you have an electric stove.
    Keep tools, gloves, rope & tarps in your vehicle and somewhere handy in your home – for cleanup after the storm.

    Stayed in a shelter for Charley in 2004 – now we evacuate, but with supplies and a really good plan.

  3. Taping up a window doesn’t protect them, they can break all the same, but at least a lot of the pieces will be stuck together which makes for easier and safer cleaning up.

    Outside windows really should be boarded up and/or covered by heavy shutters, but tape is a valid option for glass panes that cannot be taped up. Such as in greenhouses, small glass elements on your front door.

    Self adhesive glass laminate works great for these purposes

  4. My sincere thanks to each of you for your comments. I appreciate very much hearing from those who have been through hurricanes and can add practical perspective from experience.

    John

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