As recent news reports brace everyone for what they are predicting as a Category 4 hurricane hitting the coasts of North Carolina, it’s uncertain how much of it will make it to the Kernersville and Winston Salem areas. We’d like to take the opportunity to spread the word about some preparedness tips you can use to keep your home safe.
When you’re 36 hours out from a dangerous weather event, leave a radio or TV on to stay connected to alerts and updates. This can help you determine whether you’ll need to evacuate, or need to secure certain supplies in order to stay.
Generally speaking, if you suspect power loss or that your city will experience shortages of food etc., disaster experts recommend saving a gallon of water per day, per person in your home, for every day you think you might be on your own. When in doubt, plan for at least 3 days.
Focus on water first, since we can go without that for the shortest amount of time and drinking dirty or contaminated water can make you very sick. If it’s a colder time of year, make sure you have access to blankets and warm clothing in case you’re without heating.
As far as planning goes, here are a few simple steps you can take that will make all the difference:
Usually we put important documents in a safe or lock box and call it a day. Safe enough, right? Most of the time that’s true, but when there’s flooding or other hazards the contents can still be ruined. Even if they aren’t, you may be unable to reach them before having to evacuate.
It can be very helpful to designate someone you trust to hold onto copies of important documents for you, someone that lives outside of areas likely to be hit by dangerous weather. That way, if you need insurance information, banking data, or other crucial documents afterward you have someplace you can retrieve them.
If you don’t want to send paper copies, experts recommend scanning the documents in and sending them on a flash drive to the designated person.