How to Prepare for Severe Weather at Last Minute

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  • Fill Bathtub with Water: Whether you’re on city water or a well, water supplies can be disrupted or contaminated following a hurricane. Use the water in the bathtub to fill the tank on your toilet for flushing or for washing in the aftermath of a storm, but not for drinking. Lining the tub with plastic before filling will keep water from leaking out of the tub drain. Five-gallon buckets and pots from your kitchen can also be used to store water. After the storm has passed, water from a pool can be used for flushing toilets. If your house is on a grinder pump, don’t flush toilets or use drains in the house when the power is out to prevent overflowing.
  • Gather Emergency Supplies: Gather the following items together in a laundry basket or small suitcase so they will be handy during and after a storm: flashlights, batteries, first aid kit, battery powered radio, cell phone car charger, hand sanitizer, prescription drugs, games, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, duct tape, toilet paper, important documents (including your homeowner’s insurance policy), pet and baby supplies.
  • Close Curtains, Shutters, and Blinds: To reduce the chance of flying glass if a window is blown out by high winds or flying debris, close shutters and blinds – both inside and out – along with drapes and curtains.

Hurricane tree damage to house

  • Go to Safe Area of House: If you’re not able to make it to an evacuation shelter before the storm hits; take refuge in a windowless hallway, bathroom, or closet located in the interior of your home. Bring mattresses from beds with you, bot for comfort and for use as protection in case your home suffers severe structural damage.

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  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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