If you’re located in the Northeast, Labor Day might be more about power outages and fallen branches than the last barbeque of summer. But fear not—the South muddled through and so will we, especially once we’ve reviewed the hurricane preparedness tips from the Red Cross.
For the full checklist, click here, or read on for 3 essential safety steps to remember.
1. Prepare Your House
Close your windows and doors—this is the time to use those hurricane shutters, if you have them! Turn off any propane tanks, and unplug small appliances. Make the fridge and freezer as cold as possible, so food will last longer if the power goes out. And if you have one, fill your car with gas.
2. Prepare Yourself
Make sure that you have an adequate supply of fresh water—the Red Cross recommends a three-day supply of one gallon, per person, per day. Three days of non-perishable food is also recommended, as well as a seven-day supply of any medications and medical items, such as contact lenses or hearing aids.
3. Prepare for the Aftermath
You should have extra batteries, flashlights, maps of the area, and copies of your personal documents, such as your passports, insurance policies, proof of address, deed/lease, and medical information. Also make sure to have insect repellent and sunscreen, rain gear, and a camera to take photos of the damage.
Tell us in the comments: How do you prepare for rough weather?