Hurricanes typically come from clusters of thunderstorms, generally during late summer and early months of fall season. It can also happen at any time of the year, so it always pays to be ready. Surviving a hurricane is just like with other natural disasters: it is all about preparation. You have to know what to do right at the time it passes and after it has hit your place.

1. Have an emergency route for evacuation in case the usual area for exiting is unusable. Take time to do drills with family members where everyone practices how to turn off electricity, gas, and water. It is also vital that everyone, including the youngest in the family, knows how to call agencies for emergency.

2. If you live in an area prone to long power outs, have a generator ready.

3. Also have a radio and flashlights that are battery-powered in case there will be absence of electrical light. Instead of candles, use glow sticks because they are much safer. Also, have spare batteries for complete preparation during hurricane season.

4. Secure your property to minimize possible damage. Use tape all over your windows or board them with plywood. Use alligator tape, not duct tape. You can also invest in storm shutters and make sure to close them before the hurricane.

5. Survey your area and make sure those objects that could be blown away are taken inside before the storm hits.

Hurricane Isabel File Photo / PicHelp
Hurricane Isabel File Photo / PicHelp

6. Find a safer place to go to in case your home may not provide you with enough protection. Bring foods and other supplies. If you have pets, don’t leave them behind.

7. If you need to evacuate, don’t wait for the hurricane to hit. Transfer at least two hours before the bad weather arrives.

8. Don’t stay close to the windows and doors once the hurricane lands.

9. Know that the safest place to stay is at the lowest level of the house, a small room, or inside the closet.

10. Wait at least 30 minutes after the storm’s eye passes before you go to rooms that have windows.

11. Have some cash on hand. After the hurricane, it is highly likely that banks and ATMs will not be able to accommodate your needs temporarily.

Even if the hurricane has already passed, this does not mean you are completely safe. You should still be careful, especially if there are damages in your property.