How to Prepare for Severe Weather at Last Minute

Hurricane damage to house

  • Make Ice: Power is often disrupted for days or weeks after a hurricane, and ice to keep food from spoiling will be in short supply. Set your freezer on the coldest setting, and make as much ice in the ice maker or ice trays as possible while the power is still on. Also, fill plastic containers or clean milk and water jugs with water (don’t fill to the top to allow for expansion), and put them in the freezer. Once the power goes out, place containers of ice in your fridge or an ice chest to keep your food fresh longer. Open refrigerator and freezer doors as little as possible.
  • Charge Cordless Devices: Charge batteries on cordless tools, flashlights, cell phones, laptop computers, cameras, radios, iPads, iPods, MP3 players, and portable electronic games. Your cell phone may become your only link to the outside world if regular phone service is disrupted during and after a storm, so keep it with you at all times. A 12-volt DC battery charger will allow you to charge devices back up from your car after the power is out.
  • Document Home and Valuables: If you don’t have a home inventory backed up with video or photographs, take photos or video now for insurance purposes in case your home suffers extensive damage during the storm. The camera on a cell phone can also be used to photograph your home. Send or email the photos to someone outside the area of the storm for backup, and put them on a portable USB flash drive to keep with you. A visual record of your processions and the condition of your home prior to the hurricane will be invaluable when dealing with insurance claims.


  1. Looking for tips regarding loose bricks and other landscaping stones that are in and around my yard. Should they all be picked up and put inside or are they ok low to the ground? My guestion is I suppose too spa if I’m for the great wide web, I’m not getting any answers. HELP!

  2. What do I do about the air that goes into the storage spaces in the ceiling? How do I secure them, they go flying around in heavy winds I can’t imagine what it would do in a hurricane!

  3. In case any one else is asking the same question Alice askes about the bricks in the yard. We live in Florida, and don’t know anyone who takes in bricks or stepping stones before a Hurricane. Our house has had direct hits from Jeannie, Francis and Irma. None of the times the bricks, or landscape pavers budged an inch. Trees came down though. Air conditioner flew across the yard. Roof shingles came off. But, the pavers stayed in the ground.


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