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Preparing For The Aftermath Of A Hurricane


We appreciate all the valuable hurricane preparation articles, but at Hanna Home Services, we believe it's equally important to prepare you for dealing with the aftermath of a hurricane. The period immediately following a hurricane can be confusing, especially if you have damage and are without power or internet service. Cell service may even be down. Having a plan before this happens is crucial for navigating the chaos. Here’s how you can be better prepared for the recovery phase.


Blue tarp protecting a hurricane damaged roof from leaking

1. Have a Communication Plan

Backup Communication:

- Emergency Contacts: Compile a list of emergency contacts and print it out. Ensure all family members know where to find it.

- Battery-Powered Radios: Keep a battery-powered or hand-crank radio to receive important updates if cell service and internet are down.

- Chargers and Power Banks: Invest in portable chargers and power banks to keep your cell phones charged. If these aren't available, remember you can also use your vehicle for charging wireless devices.


2. Assemble an Emergency Kit

Essentials to Include:

- First Aid Supplies: A well-stocked first aid kit.

- Water and Non-Perishable Food: At least a three-day supply per person.

- Flashlights and Batteries: Multiple flashlights and extra batteries.

- Personal Documents: Copies of important documents like insurance policies, identification, and medical records.


3. Pre-Plan for Power Outages

Backup Power:

- Generators: Consider investing in a generator. Ensure it's installed safely and never run it inside your home.

- Solar Chargers: Solar-powered chargers and lights can be a lifesaver during prolonged outages.


Appliance Safety:

- Unplug Devices: Unplug electronics to protect them from power surges when power is restored.

- Manual Overrides: Learn how to manually operate your garage door and other essential automated systems.


4. Know Your Local Resources

Community Help:

- Shelters and Aid Centers: Identify local shelters and aid centers before a hurricane hits.

- Local Emergency Services: Familiarize yourself with the contact information for local emergency services and utilities.


5. Develop a Family Emergency Plan

Evacuation Routes:

- Know Your Routes: Plan and practice evacuation routes with your family.

- Meeting Points: Decide on a safe meeting place if family members get separated.


Communication Strategy:

- Check-In Times: Establish regular check-in times and methods with family and friends.

- Out-of-Area Contacts: Designate an out-of-area contact person everyone can check in with.


6. Plan for Special Needs

Pets and Medication:

- Pet Supplies: Ensure you have enough pet food and any necessary medications.

- Medical Supplies: Keep an ample supply of prescription medications and medical equipment.


7. Prepare Your Home for Recovery

Home Safety Checks:

- Structural Integrity: Know how to assess your home for structural damage safely.

- Utilities: Understand how to safely turn off utilities like gas, water, and electricity.


Cleanup Supplies:

- Basic Tools: Have tools and materials ready for minor repairs and cleanup.

- Cleaning Agents: Stock up on disinfectants and cleaning supplies to prevent mold growth.


Tree on home following a storm

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Conclusion


By preparing in advance for the aftermath of a hurricane, you can ensure your safety and ease the recovery process. Hanna Home Services is here to support you every step of the way with professional inspection services. Stay informed, stay prepared, and stay safe.


Should you need it, we are available to inspect your home for storm damage and document any damage in a detailed home inspection report you can present to your insurance company for claims.


Contact Us:

- Phone: 904-658-1009


Stay resilient and prepared!

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