Summer is an exciting time of the year. There are outdoor picnics to look forward to and adventures that await us as we anticipate upcoming vacations. Between the fun and the chaos that accompanies summer, it is easy to forget warm weather also marks the beginning of hurricane season. Mother nature is unpredictable, but if we take advantage of what it has taught us, we can create a plan of action to prepare for these devastating storms.
Hurricane season begins June 1 on the East Coast, and continues into November. High winds and flooding can affect up to 100 miles inland along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean during the course of the storm. Here are some of our top tips to consider when a hurricane warning occurs in your hometown:
Create an evacuation route. If your area is at risk of hurricanes, find a safe shelter to use as a meeting place for family members. If you have pets, contact the shelter to confirm they allow animals. When planning your route, avoid areas that are prone to flooding, to steer clear of traffic. Make sure to consider older relatives that may need assistance during evacuation. The family disaster plan should be given to close family and friends, so everyone is on the same page of how to proceed when a storm hits.
Have a disaster relief bag packed and ready. Have supplies such as non-perishable food items, water, first aid kits, batteries, and medications all ready to go in an emergency kit.
Take an inventory of your belongings and gather important documents in a secure location. Having documentation of your personal items will speed up the insurance claim process and can help your case when applying for disaster relief aid.
Protect your home against damage. Secure any openings, install storm doors, and cut down weak branches and tress to avoid unnecessary damage.
As the storm comes to an end, relief teams are assembling and residents return to discover the effects of the storm. Take caution as you return home, as water damage can leave behind polluted water supplies and mold that can be deadly if not taken care of properly. Delays in access to electricity and plumbing can occur, so plan for alternate ways to safely operate appliances, such as renting a porta potty to avoid plumbing issues. Public sanitation isn’t always available or is overcrowded, so plan for a porta potty rental after the storm subsides.
You can depend on A Royal Flush when you’re in need of a porta potty rental. A porta potty is a perfect solution for temporary bathroom accommodations during an emergency. With locations throughout the Northeast, A Royal Flush is able to move in quickly to respond to an emergency to provide you with portable toilets and restroom trailers.
When you’re well-prepared you can take comfort in knowing your family is equipped to handle these tough situations. Recovery will always have its difficulties, but having a plan in place will benefit everyone involved.