It is that time of year again, where all of us Southern folk, begin our yearly preparations for Hurricane Season. The fact that we already had a disturbance before the official start of the season did not go unnoticed, which made me realize that it is time to go through my yearly rituals. Here are a few tips that keep my family prepared and I hope they will help you out as well.
- While I do know that most things are available digitally, I always make sure that I have the most updated copies in paper form of the following:
- Homeowner’s Insurance
- Flood Insurance
- Kids’ shot records
- Kids’ last report cards
- Pets’ vaccination records
- Paper copies of prescriptions that are on auto-refill or automatically sent to the pharmacy. This is a biggie for my son, whose medicine is a controlled substance, so they won’t transfer it to another pharmacy to be filled. If we were to be gone and out of contact with his doctor, this could cause a huge problem.
- Updated list of places to stay. Once again, I know this is the digital age, but many times I have seen people book online only to arrive and find out that the hotel was overbooked. In these times, it is always better to contact the hotel directly to book a room. We always have a list of options, pet friendly for us, in multiple directions so that we can start calling immediately if we feel that we will need to evacuate.
- Start emptying your freezer. This one always cracks people up, but in the south, we start making sure to eat things out of our freezer at the beginning of summer. I think anyone who emptied out a freezer in September after our houses didn’t have power for four weeks lives by this rule
- Keep in mind that you may be leaving your house for more than a weekend. Be sure to pack your favorite photos and special items, if you have space. And, be sure to have cash or traveler’s check.
These tips are mostly focused on evacuating, because I don’t ride out a storm if it is bigger than a category 2. Hope these tips help you to prepare for the worst, but always hope for the best!