Living in Georgia, hurricane season is definitely something that we have to think about and prepare for. We live in South Georgia, but even in Metro-Atlanta now, it’s something you have to plan for because there have been so many tropical storms that have gone straight through the area recently. Mother nature has a way of showing us and telling us who is in charge. We have no say over where or when a hurricane will hit, so the best way to become as prepared as you will ever be and to hopefully minimize damage if you get unlucky, is to prepare well ahead of time.
No matter where you are, you should always get your trees inspected and trimmed annually. This goes for hurricane season preparedness, but also for people up North (away from the coast) who get colder weather and have the potential of trees falling from snow, ice, or a lot of rain. No matter where you live, at least have your trees inspected so that you don’t wake up to a tree in your roof or home.
Stock your fridge
To be safe, I would stock your fridge and pantry before the season starts. Of course, you will have to continue doing this as you go through food, but it’s always better to err on the side of caution…especially when it comes to snacks! When there is a hurricane, people hunker down, unless they evacuate, and honestly, hunkering down is just better with good food and drinks. Don’t skimp on this step!
Get a handy generator
One important tip for you: don’t wait to get a generator until you are in a hurricane watch or warning. By then, everything will be sold out. To prepare in advance, you should purchase a generator ahead of the season.
Consider your exterior
We don’t board windows, but there are some things you will want to consider. Of course, there is the option of boarding windows, but aside from that, think about all the small items, as well, such as outdoor toys, potted plants, patio furniture, pool furniture (if you have it – a lot of people just toss the pool furniture IN the pool, ha!), and more. While you obviously don’t plan too far in advance for all of this stuff (you only do it if a hurricane is headed your way), the best thing that you can do ahead of time is to create a checklist that you can use each season. If a hurricane does come your way, start working on checking off that list.
Create an evacuation plan + secure accommodations
Before hurricane season approaches, create an evacuation plan that you can have in your back pocket, until it’s go time. Figure out where you will go in case of an emergency, what you need to do to prepare in the moment, and I would also create an emergency kit ahead of time, too. In your emergency kit, you could keep your checklist of things to do, hotel accommodation information (so that you can easily call and book your spot), and I always pack my priceless valuables for more of a just in case scenario. Although most people tend to stick to the basics and do not add in the bigger stuff, (like non-perishable food: you more than likely already have some in your pantry!) I did want to mention it just in case you want to be overly prepared, which is never a bad thing!
Figure out a plan with important documents
Keep important documents, such as legal papers, birth certificates, your marriage license, and any other important documents (including valuables) in a safety deposit box, in a bolted (waterproof) safe, or bring them with you if you choose to evacuate. I think that this is something that gets slipped under the rug by a lot of people, but it’s important to keep in mind!
Get your home and roof inspected before the season
Last thing I want to talk about is getting your home and especially your roof inspected ahead of time. Of course, you will want to have fixes done and inspections complete if you have any damage, but to hopefully avoid some damage, doing inspections ahead of time can also be a huge benefit to your home. For example, a leaky roof is NOT fun, especially in a hurricane, and it can lead to a ton of other longer-term home issues (that could also affect your health), such as mold and more. To prevent a roof leak, get it inspected ahead of time & get any repairs done well in advance. This goes for cold weather, too. If you don’t want snow sitting on top of your home, melting into your roof and through your ceilings, do something about it BEFORE that happens. If you have bad weather and are concerned about your roof, get it inspected before waiting it out. It cannot hurt, especially since Greater American Roofing offers a free roof inspection in Alpharetta GA. They provide one-of-a-kind, platinum quality service by assisting their customers every step of the way. In addition to their free inspections, they also offer design consultations and an onsite executive team to oversee the install of your roof. Don’t wait on damage- prepare ahead of time.
There are so many ways to prepare your home for hurricane season, and while I could not even begin to come close to covering every little thing you need to do, I think this is a great starting place!