(September 16, 2022) Storm planning can be stressful. Planning for storms in a coastal city is even harder, but there are tips ready.gov offers on their website that can help you prepare.
Preparing your home:
• Prior to hurricane season, trim or remove damaged trees and branches to ensure your safety and that of your property.
• Secure loose gutters and downspouts and clear clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
• Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors, including garage doors.
• Buy a portable generator or install a generator to use during power outages.
Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outdoors, at least 20 feet from windows and doors, and away from moisture; and never attempt to power house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
Here are some specific tips for those who live in high-rise buildings:
• Note where the nearest emergency exit is.
• Make sure you know of another way out in case your first choice is blocked.
• Stay away from windows and glass.
• Stay away from exterior walls.
• Determine whether you should stay put, “shelter in place” or move away.
• Do not use elevators.
What to do when a hurricane is imminent:
• If you are not in a recommended evacuation area, plan to stay home or where you are and let friends and family know where you are.
• Close storm shutters and move away from windows.
• Set your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open it only when necessary. If you lose power, the food will last longer.
• Charge your cell phone so you have full power in the event of a power outage.
• Turn on your TV/radio or check your city/county’s website every 30 minutes for the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
– Lauren Bunting is a licensed broker with Keller Williams Realty of Delmarva in Ocean City.