Hurricane season officially runs from June 1 to November 30. But for much of the east coast and the gulf states, the month of September is a time of nervous watching and waiting.
There’s plenty of information available on how to prepare for a hurricane. This includes determining if you’re in an evacuation area, and planning where you’ll go and what to take with you. This includes essential health-related items, such as any medications.
Evacuation is never fun, but it’s essential to go if local authorities tell you to do so.
Get your prep work done as soon as possible.
If you cannot do these things yourself, contact a community helpline, a local senior citizens center if appropriate, or ask your neighbors for help. If you rent, check your lease to see if you are responsible for boarding up windows, installing storm shelters and other property protection needs.
Living without air conditioning due to a loss of power can be challenging. If you or a family member has breathing, cardiac or other health issues, consider getting a generator that can power a fan or small AC. The time to purchase a generator is well before a storm is brewing – they sell out fast.
Chances are local doctors and hospitals may not be accessible, except for emergencies. And if you evacuated, you may not know who to call. A telemedicine plan is a great way to get the assistance you need quickly, whether you stayed at home or evacuated.
Tune-into a local radio station or listen to NOAA Weather Radio for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS). Apps may also be available and provide updates, if you have a way to charge your phone.
And remember, your things can be replaced but you and your family – and your wellbeing – cannot.
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