My area is prone to hurricanes this time of year, so I wanted to share ways to save money while preparing for a hurricane. If you’re new to the area, a hurricane is a type of storm called a tropical cyclone that forms over tropical or subtropical waters such as the Caribbean. If the storm’s maximum sustained winds reach 74 mph then you have a hurricane. Tropical storms are also common and are characterized by having a maximum sustained winds of 39 mph+.
These severe thunderstorms can cause massive damage. One of the worst hurricanes in VA, that I can remember, was Hurricane Isabel in 2003. With Tropical Storm Hermine moving up the East Coast, I wanted to remind everyone of these tips to prepare for hurricanes.
How to Prepare for Hurricanes:
1. Develop a family plan: Get together as a family and talk about your emergency plan and what to do in case of a hurricane or natural disaster. Where will you meet, what is the safest location in your house, what if you need to evacuate, what should the children expect, etc. See a checklist here.
2. Prepare early: The best way to save money is to be proactive and look for necessary items year round. Pick up flashlights, batteries, bottled water, non-perishable food, candles, paper plates and cups when they are on sale. Even if you haven’t prepared beforehand, don’t wait until the day of the storm to get supplies. Not only will you probably pay more and find many items out of stock; you don’t want to be stuck in the last minute craziness in the stores. Word of a hurricane hits my area and the shelves are literally cleared within hours.