Preparing your home and family for severe inclement weather isn’t exactly the ideal Saturday night. From fueling up your backup generators and vehicles, to stocking up on water supplies and canned goods, preparing for any storm, hurricane or tropical storm, can be a hassle.
However, there is some reprieve If you have impact glass windows and doors or hurricane shutters, because they cover the bulk of the basics when it comes to protecting your home. Not to mention, it’s one less thing you’ll have to check off your list or worry about--especially if you’re out of town.
Storms, hurricanes, and tornadoes are quasi unpredictable. Sometimes they dwindle down over the span of a few hours or they could grow stronger over night turning into Category 5’s. They can even make unpredictable turns for different parts of the state that weren’t even preparing for a hurricane or tropical storm.
With such uncertainty, how do you know whether you should prepare for a tropical storm or a hurricane. The obvious answer is to pay attention to your local weather news station to stay up to date on its trajectory and strength.
And, if you’re expecting a tropical storm, you should, as the saying goes ‘plan for the worst and hope for the best.’ So, plan for strong winds, rains and a potential hurricane to be on the safe side.
In fact, the CDC recommends the same preparations for a Tropical Storm as they do for a hurricane, including:
- Prepare for a hurricane: Take basic steps now to ensure your safety should a storm hit.
- Get emergency supplies: Stock your home and your car with supplies.
- Make a plan: Create a family disaster plan.
- Prepare to evacuate: Never ignore an evacuation order.
- Protect older adults: Understand older adult health and medical concerns.
- Protect your pets: Ensure your pet’s safety before, during, and after a hurricane.
CDC recommends that you print important documents (e.g., emergency phone numbers, insurance information) before a hurricane strikes. Power outages during and after a hurricane can prevent you from accessing information online when you most need it.
Preparing now can help keep you and your family safe.
We hope that you stay safe during hurricane season and make the appropriate, best preparations to keep your family and home safe. Click on the button below to learn more about impact glass windows and doors and how they can help check one thing off your hurricane prep checklist.