With Hurricane Dorian heading our way over the weekend, now’s the time to start preparing around your home and business. To make this a little easier, here are our top 10 things to do to prepare:
1) Tie down or bring inside your patio furniture or anything loose around your home
2) Trim dead branches and cut down dead trees to reduce the danger of these falling onto your house.
3) Make sure downspouts are clear of debris and direct water away from your home.
4) Fill your vehicle with gas
5) Fill your propane tank for your bbq or have a spare in case you need it to cook food.
6) Be prepared for power outages with sufficient food, water and medications.
• Water, one gallon of water per person, per day, for at least three days. (for drinking and sanitation)
• Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food **Don’t forget your storm chips😊
• Manual can opener for food
7) Prep an Emergency Kit to include
• Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and extra batteries
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• First aid kit
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
8) Charge your cell phones
9) Have some cash on hand
10) If you live on the coast or in a low-lying area near the coast, be ready to move inland or to higher ground. High winds can create large waves, which may become storm surges when they reach the shore.
For those of you that are boat owners as well, please make sure to properly secure your vessel with extra lines and tie down anything loose on deck.
We hope everyone stays safe this weekend, and all year long. If you’re looking for more information on being prepared for hurricanes or other disasters you can find it from the Canadian Red Cross.
Be safe, and stay inside if you can.