ARE YOU PREPARED?
There’s nothing chic or trendy about hurricane season (and we aren’t talking about the New Orleans drink staple), but if you're living in the South near the Gulf of Mexico, it is definitely a part of life. If we have learned anything from Katrina, it’s that we must always hope for the best, but prepare for the worst (and the unpredictable). With hurricane season upon us, I think now is the perfect time to get a checklist and make sure you have everything in place for when the time comes to make your grand exit.
Here’s my quick list of things to do:
- Know your evacuation routes for each direction you may be heading
- Have a detailed list of your home items and values (I find it helpful to take yearly pictures of my home contents).
- Verify your insurance, what it covers, and keep all policies in one location for grab and go should you need to evacuate
- Have all necessary supplies stocked at home, should you not need to evacuate, as there is a possibility of power outages, stores being shut down, or no stock available (items such as water, batteries, canned food items, flashlights, etc).
- If you have a generator, now is the time to make sure it is in perfect running condition. This should actually be tested every month.
- Have all personal items that are sentimental to you, irreplaceable, or important documents in a grab and go case so there is no worries about what was left behind. You can replace a home but you can’t replace certain items (not to mention your mom's guilt trip for leaving your grandmother's heirloom ring behind).
- Make sure you have all the items necessary to board your house up and/or make sure all workable hurricane shutters are in good working condition.
- If you have pets, please make sure you have arrangements for them as well.
- Most importantly, always use your best judgement! When in doubt, check out the resource links below.