Hurricane Preparedness Checklist
Did you know that since 1851, nearly 50 hurricanes have made a direct contact hit with North Carolina and over 30 have hit in South Carolina? Hurricanes are not only dangerous but can also cause serious damage to your property as well. We know that you will do what is necessary to keep yourself and your family safe, but as the premier home technology service provider in the Carolina's, we want to also remind you that unplugging your equipment will help reduce the chances that your electronics will be damaged from surge.
Below is a checklist of some other important things to keep in mind as a hurricane approaches.
- Charge any device that provides light. Laptops, tablets, cameras, video cameras, and old phones. Old cell phones can still be used for dialing 911. Charge external battery backups.
- Wash all trash cans, big and small, and fill with water for flushing toilets. Line outdoor trash cans with trash bags, fill with water and store in the garage. Add bleach to sterilize.
- Fill every tub and sink with water. Use for flushing toilets
- Fill old empty water bottles and other containers with water and keep near sinks for washing hands.
- Fill Tupperware with water and store in freezer. These will help keep food cold longer and serve as a backup water supply.
- Fill drinking cups with water and cover with Saran Wrap. Store as many as possible in fridge. The rest you can store on the counter and use first before any water bottles are opened. Ice is impossible to find after the storm.
- Cook any meats in advance and other perishable foods. You can freeze cooked food. Hard boil eggs for snacks for first day without power. Limit the opening of the fridge or freezer.
- Wash all dirty clothes and bed sheets. Anything dirty will smell without the A/C, you may need the items, and with no A/C, you'll be sweating a lot. You're going to want clean sheets.
- Toss out any expiring food, clean cat litter boxes, and empty all trash cans in the house, including bathrooms. Remove anything that will cause an odor when the A/C is off. If you don't have a trash day pickup before the storm, find a dumpster.
- Bring in any yard decor, secure anything that will fly around, secure gates, bring in hoses, potted plants, etc. Bring in patio furniture and grills. Turn over trampolines, tables, etc. and place chairs/weight on top. Tie garbage cans together and to a fence or tree.
- Place everything you own that is important and necessary in a backpack or small file box that is easy to grab. Include your wallet with ID, phone, hand sanitizer, snacks, etc. Get plastic sleeves for important documents.
- Make sure you have cash on hand.
- Stock up on pet food and fill up bowls of water for pets.
- Refill any medications. Most insurance companies allow for 2 emergency refills per year.
- Fill your propane tanks and get charcoal. You can heat soup cans, boil water, make coffee, and other stuff besides just grilling meat.
- Gather all candles, flashlights, lighters, matches, batteries, and other items and keep them accessible.
- Clean all counters in advance. Start with a clean surface. Buy Clorox Wipes for cleaning when there is no power. Mop your floors and vacuum. If power is out for 10 days, you'll have to live in the mess you started with.
- Pick your emergency safe place such as a closet under the stairs. Store the items you'll need in that location for the brunt of the storm.
- Shower just before the storm is scheduled to hit.
- Run your dishwasher, don't risk having dirty smelly dishes and you need every container for water! Remember you'll need clean water for brushing your teeth, washing yourself, and cleaning your hands.
- Check on all family members, set up emergency back up plans, and check on elderly neighbors.
- Before the storm, unplug all electronics. There will be power surges during and after the storm.
- Gas up your car and have a spare gas container for your generator or your car when you run out.