Our technology today is so advanced that it can even detect upcoming storms. But don’t ever trust this piece of tech easily. We never know when a storm might hit our country, so it’s better to prepare than to be sorry. To prepare your homestead of upcoming storms, we provided a list of tips below for you to follow.
Get The Supplies Ready
- Always make supplies a priority. In times like these, it’s advisable to carry supplies that are travel-friendly especially when you decide to evacuate. Laundry baskets are handy to pack your supplies specially those collapsible ones. Don’t also forget to pack your medicines as this is also important.
Grab some Groceries and Fill Up Your Car
- Go to the grocery and buy important necessities such as water and food. Stop at the gasoline station and fill up your gas tank. Also, don’t forget to buy gas for your chain saws, generators, and any other cleaning tools.
Charge Your Devices
- Don’t let that battery drain out. Get your devices ready such as smartphones and tablets by charging them before the power goes out. You can also buy a power bank to charge them even without electricity.
Leave or Stay?
- Some people can’t decide if they should evacuate or not. Even if you’re not going to evacuate, make a plan on where to go especially if you have no other choice. On the day before hurricane Katrina hits, people have no idea how bad the storm is going to be. Not until the storm hits on the next day and they find themselves settling on the roof of their houses. So it’s very important to plan where to evacuate just in case you change your mind.
- Key things to look at before deciding to stay or go:
- If you’re living in a mobile, manufactured, or a historic home, you may need to evacuate even if it’s just a category 1 hurricane.
- Keep a lookout for TV news to see if your area or type of home requires voluntary or mandatory evacuation.
- Take time to read your local government website for safety storm procedures that are available in your area.
Keep Your Pets/Livestock Safe
- Don’t forget to keep your pets and livestock safe from the hurricane. For domestic animals, make sure to have travel accessories, and all of their food and meds are ready to go.
- Livestock tips for keeping them safe:
- Check social media for people offering their homes during the storm. There are plenty of people online that offers their home to strangers.
- Large livestock animals should not stay in their barns. They should be transferred into higher ground such as a wooded area to also protect them from the storm.
- Check your animal’s first aid kit and make sure it’s full. If not, buy a handful of bandages, ointment, and medical tape to use later on.
- Buy extra rope, ties, leads, harness to use on your animals if they are injured, and also for keeping them away from danger while you do some cleanup during the storm’s aftermath.
Find a Safe Room
- If your home has many rooms, find the most safest room that can protect you and your family from storm’s harm.
Batten down the hatches
- Board up your windows to protect it from extreme storm winds. Make sure to properly secure them so it won’t budge.
Anchor Down Your Chicken Poops
- Protect your chicken poops by anchoring them down to the ground. You can also tie paracord to the anchors to help hold down the chicken coops and fencing from strong winds.
Aftermath Clean Up: Outside
- The storm’s aftermath may have left some debris laying outside your home. Clean up the debris by segregating the heavy from the lighter ones. Tie down heavy debris and pile them in batches while putting the lighter ones in the garbage bin.
Aftermath Clean Up: Inside
- We probably leave a lot of dirt and household chores behind when we evacuated our homes. The first thing to do when you get back home is to clean up all the mess that’s left. Wash the dishes, do your laundry, pack up important items like photos and expensive gears to avoid losing them the next time a storm hits again.