Regardless, it is important to be prepared for a hurricane and any other sort of disaster. Here are some starting steps to getting prepared and learning from our past experiences.
Prepare With Insurance
If you’re living in a hurricane-impacted area, having proper insurance to assure you are covered can be one of the most important things you can do.
It is important to understand the terms of any plan you agree to, as insurance companies tend to prepare for any sort of scenario; if you do not know the terms, it can come back to haunt you.
For example, with Hurricane Katrina, a large amount of the population were left without proper insurance when the insurance companies had ruled that the damage done to homes was caused by a flood rather than the hurricane; those that only had hurricane insurance were left in the cold by the insurance companies.
Make sure that you are properly covered if a similar scenario is a possibility.
Have an Evacuation Plan
Being prepared isn’t just a motto for the Boy Scouts; it can be what keeps your family safe during the next disaster. It’s important to discuss with your family what exactly you plan to do in case of any emergency, especially during a hurricane.
Pack a kit that can be easily grabbed during an evacuation; one that includes bottles of water, blankets, flashlights, and anything else that you may need in transit to a shelter.
It is also a good idea to map out the evacuation route ahead of time and to take dry runs to the nearest shelter or wherever your safe haven happens to be. It can save a lot of time and guesswork on your part when things happen to go south.
Plan for the Worst-Case Scenario
Not only is preparing for the actual hurricane important, it’s also wise to plan out what to do if the worst-case scenario happens to play out. If your house is damaged or lost completely, hurricane damage repair can take time, so knowing ahead of time that you have a place to stay when the unthinkable happens is a good idea.
Coordinate with a family member or good friend that will allow you to stay in their home while you rebuild your home and your life. It would also be wise to figure out how your kids will get to and from their school, in case they have to resume it before being able to return home.
Coordinate Your Community
Well-organized community programs can make a huge difference when it comes to rebuilding an area after a hurricane. As we’ve seen in places like Seaside Heights, NJ and Staten Island, NY, community pride and everyone pitching in can work near-miracles when the rebuild process happens.
Talk with your community programs to try and build awareness of hurricane preparation and coordinate a plan for relief efforts in a post-hurricane scenario.
There’s always the hope that another Hurricane Sandy won’t be coming around any time soon, but to ignore the possibility can not only be irresponsible, it can be down right dangerous.
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By Lauren Wainwright, a Jersey native blogging on a team of writers, with a special interest in storm preparedness.