How to Properly Prepare for a Hurricane

As we all know, recently the east coast was abused by a series of what seemed to be never ending storms. As Puerto Rico is still picking up the pieces left behind by two different hurricanes, it leaves one to wonder; what do we do with the next hurricane? You can never be too prepared. Ever. If you have lived in the low country long enough, you’ve acquired some essentials, but here are a few reminders.

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  • Sandbags
  • Water
  • Boarding the windows
  • Shutting off power/using a generator

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  • Quarter in frozen water (if you don’t turn off the power/use a generator)
  • Pet safety
  • Emergency credit card
  • Ids/safe box/medicine
    • Placing all of your valuables in a waterproof container can protect them from storm damage. Take two forms of identification with you. Take more than a week’s worth of medication with you, especially if you have a medical situation which can become serious without medication.
  • Evacuation route
    • Plan your route in advance, reserve your hotels immediately. Tell people where you are going and how long you are planning on being gone.
  • Insurance/renters insurance
    • Make sure all your insurance plans are in place and cover damage from the storm, and flooding.
  • Hurricane apps
    • Hurricane Pro – $2.99
      • One of the first, and one of the best. Has twitter integration, so there are real time updates to the storm and evacuation ordinances.
    • Hurricane Tracker – $3.99
    • NOAA Hurricane Center – $1.99
    • FEMA – FREE
    • Zello – PTT Walkie Talkie – FREE
      • This app made waves in recent years as being used by emergency personnel for real life updates. It is easy to use and supports chat rooms with up to 2,500 users.
    • New Local Sources
      • WSAV – Free
        • Updates quickly, and focuses on localized damage, often giving road by road or neighborhood updates.
      • Twitter – Free
        • Many city and state government agencies use twitter for real time updates to the storm damage, and to evacuation ordinances. Don’t worry you don’t have to tweet or participate in this millennial social media platform.
  • Be sure to mark yourself safe on social media.
  • Take before and after photos.
  • Ensure furniture is off of floors if in a flood prone area.
  • Booze. Well, because let’s be honest . . .
  • Snacks. See above.


The hurricane season is nearly over, and with an active season on the horizon, we can only plan for the worst, and hope for the best. I hope y’all stay safe out there. What are your favorite pre-hurricane preparation rituals? Do you ride out the storms or do you leave? Let us know, comment below!

Guest Blogger, Emma Beazley