My area is prone to hurricanes, so I wanted to share ways to save money while preparing for a hurricane.
How to Prepare for Hurricanes & Save Money:
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.