It is important for New Jersey residents to always be prepared for a potential hurricane or tropical storm. Here are some tips on how to prepare yourself and your home for a hurricane.
Pack a Disaster Supply Kit
Having a disaster supply kit all packed and ready to go in the event of a hurricane, tropical storm, or flash flood is always a good idea. Use durable duffle bags with a canvas or waterproof material and pack them full of the essentials you will need if a bad storm hits your area. Here is what to pack:
- Drinking Water – You will need at least one gallon per person per day—the CDC recommends storing at least three days worth of water when preparing for a hurricane.
- Food – Have at least three days worth of non-perishable food like cans, boxes, and pouches. Do not forget a can opener!
- Battery-powered radio
- First Aid Kit
- Plastic Sheets and Duct Tape
- Wet Wipes
- Garbage bags
- Phone Chargers
- Battery Powered Charger
- Plastic Utensils and Dishes
- Writing Materials
- Pain Killers like Ibuprofen
- Baby Formula and bottles (if applicable)
- Hand Soap
- Hand Sanitizer
- Extra Clothes
Prepare Your Home
There are some easy things you can do throughout the year to prepare for the next storm. These things will make it easier to secure your home when a storm warning is announced.
- Check the seals on your doors and windows and repair if necessary
- Shutter all your windows
- Install heavy-duty bolts to all your doors
- Upgrade to impact-resistant doors and windows
- Check and upgrade the sealing on your roof
- Fix broken shingles and tiles on your roof
- Install metal roof straps
- Trim tree branches within 10 feet of your house
- Keep your gutters clear
By implementing these simple ideas and steps, you can make sure you and your family are as prepared as possible when a storm is heading for New Jersey.