Preparing for Atlantic Hurricane Season

September is National Preparedness Month, so we compiled a few tips and pointers that you can use to prepare for this hurricane season. The Atlantic hurricane season typically has the greatest impact at this time of the year. The Greater New York Division of The Salvation Army has been there for thousands of people affected throughout the years by the various hurricanes and tropical storms that have hit our area. We speak from experience when we say: preparedness is key.

Have a Plan Ready

Remember your school’s fire drills? They may not have seemed that important at the time, but rest assured, having a plan of action not only increases your safety, but also gives you and your loved ones peace of mind when the unexpected hits.

  • Save all emergency phone numbers. Not only should you save them in your cell phone, but keep them near every phone in your house, or on your refrigerator.
  • Establish a home evacuation plan. Make sure you have exit strategies ready for various possible contingencies. Never ignore an evacuation order.
  • Make sure your vehicle’s gas tank is full, and your vehicle equipped with any basic supplies necessary were you to have to evacuate your home.
  • Find out where the nearest safe shelter is, and map out as many alternative routes as possible.

Keep Emergency Supplies Handy

While many people like to consider themselves prepared for the worst, it’s easy to forget to equip your household with even the most basic supplies for times of crisis. Many may have a First Aid kit on hand, but you’d be surprised at the items you’d never consider — until it’s too late.

  • One gallon of water per person per day, for at least three days
  • A three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

For a full list, FEMA’s has helpfully compiled a list of the most essential disaster survival items.

For further reading, we highly recommend you review FEMA’s guide, How to Prepare for a Hurricane, for more valuable information.