The hurricane season is here, and it promises to be even more severe with greater storms and heavier rainfall. It’s critical to be ready as weather events become increasingly severe and frequent owing to climate change.

Here is some advice from UNITS on how to bounce back after a natural disaster.

1. Prepare your evacuation plan

Knowing your vulnerabilities is at the heart of your emergency preparation. Are you in a flood zone? Do you live in a location with only limited access in and out? Will you have to go around potential dangers on the way out?

When local emergency officials urge you to leave, follow their instructions. Allow yourself plenty of time to evacuate, plan your route ahead of time, and prepare alternative options in the event that routes are blocked. Make sure your home and any outside objects that might become dangerous projectiles during a storm, like patio furniture or potted plants.

2. Have a go-kit

Make a list of everything you’ll need in the event of an emergency. Have a bag or container filled with all of your necessary items. Your go-kit should include anything that would be considered essential not just for survival, but also for everyday activities. Stock up on nonperishable food and water, as well as a full tank of gas in your car. Also, make sure you have cash, a two-week supply of prescription drugs and medical supplies, and fully charged cell phones and adapters.

3. Use a checklist

A great resource with a disaster response checklist is the American Red Cross. FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is also a good resource for evacuation planning.

4. Seek help now to be ready

Are you concerned about the cost of bulk supplies and water? Instead of purchasing gallon jugs, collect and clean used soda or juice bottles and refill them with water. You can also check out your local food bank to store non-perishable items.

5. Take the threats seriously

With climate change, the threat of a natural calamity is more serious. Storms have become much stronger and are moving at a faster pace. They’re costing more to repair and restore, so it costs more to recover from them, and they’re occurring more frequently.

With UNITS on your side, hurricane prep can be simple. Our portable storage containers are strong, secure, and are the perfect place to store your valuable items. For a free estimate and more hurricane season planning, contact us today.

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