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What To Do Before a Major Storm

Storms have begun hitting the coastlines, so I ask you: have you acted accordingly? Instead of acting the day before the storm, if you have already secured your home, car and personal belongings, you will be able to focus on your family. You may be wondering what you should do to prepare though. Well, here are six things that you should do before any major storm:

1. Stock up. This includes items such as food, water, pet supplies, medications, flash lights and candles, batteries and ice. Try not to wait until the last minute to get these things, since many stores run out the day before a major storm hits.

2. Be prepared to be bored. Make sure all of your electronics are charged. Leave out board games or coloring books for children. Research games you can play. Have books on hand. Try to keep children entertained, so they are less frightened of the storm.

3. Secure your house and yard. Tying down or moving anything inside that could be blown away such as: trash cans, lawn chairs, bikes, or planters. If you are concerned about your windows, secure them with cardboard, strong tape, or plastic. Move anything valuable in the house away from doors and windows if possible. If you are worried about flooding, place your more valuable items off of the floor or upstairs. Tie drapes and curtains up off of the floor and roll up rugs.

4. Get gasoline. Make sure all of your cars have a full tank of gas. If you have a generator, make sure you have plenty of gasoline ready for it.

5. Protect your cars. Move all of your vehicles inside if possible. If you have to park outside, park your car as far from trees and anything else that could damage your car as possible. If you are in a flood zone, move your car to higher ground.

6. Have an escape plan. Always be prepared in case you must leave your home. Learn your local evacuation routes and have money, maps, and important papers on hand. Stay informed about what the storm is doing. Leave your contact information with family and friends. Research places you can go and stay during emergencies. If you have pets, get their carriers and items ready and make sure where you are going accepts pets.

Do you know of some other things you should do before a major storm? Please comment on here and share! We would love to hear what you think!

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