Last October, Hurricane Patricia tore through part of southwest Mexico. Though the area is — luckily — sparsely populated, the hurricane still managed to do significant damage to the region. Concrete power poles were toppled, and floodwaters swamped local villages. A recent update by Weather.com indicates that Hurricane Patricia was even more record-breaking than they realized, reaching maximum wind speeds of 215 mph, 15 more than previously believed.
Hurricanes, for better or worse, usually hit fairly populated regions, and if recent events are any indication, global warming may contribute to the increased frequency and destructive capabilities of hurricanes.
That being said, here are three ways you can make sure you are prepared to weather the storm.
1. Have the Right Insurance
This can’t be stressed enough, because even the most hurricane-resistant home can sustain damage. Make sure your insurance reflects your home’s current conditions, and features flood insurance, which is often excluded for events like hurricane. You should also inventory your home beforehand, so filing a claim will be quick and relatively easy.
2. Get the Right Windows for Your Home and Personal Safety
Did you know that impact resistant windows can withstand Category 5 wind conditions? This means that they can withstand storms winds of up to 200 miles per hour. Hurricane windows typically consist of an interior window frame secured to a heavy duty outer frame, which houses impact-resistant glass. These high impact windows help prevent flying debris from shattering glass panes. What sort of windows will you want to invest in? Most homeowners opt for vinyl, aluminum, or wood hurricane resistant windows.
3. Have All the Basics Long Beforehand
What’s the first thing that happens in an anticipated emergency situation? Everyone runs to the store to stock up on the same bottles of water and cans of soup. Have a ready-to-go two-day supply kit that can cover all the members of your family. You’ll want basics, such as water, non-perishable food, blankets, a first aid kit, personal hygiene items, and a flashlight all ready to go. It’s also not a bad idea to keep copies of important documents like your insurance policies.
Remember, when a storm hits, safety is a priority. Don’t take unnecessary risks, and make sure you’re prepared long before the hurricane touches down.