This past March, my friends and I talked about how we all sensed this sort of free-floating anxiety of waiting for potential disaster to land at our doorstep. The unknowns we faced as COVID-19 cases increased in the United States were not quite like anything we’d previously experienced, although we kept comparing it to a hurricane that was about to make landfall. After this virus, perhaps, a hurricane seems like a relief—at least we know what to expect and approximately where the most damage will occur. However, big tropical storms carry with them their own set of unpredictable factors like direction and strength at landfall. But the storm-hardiness of our homes, our tree choices, smart evacuation plans—these we can control, and some well-though out precautions can make the difference between getting right back on your feet after a storm and losing almost everything.
No matter how well you have planned for a hurricane, unexpected always come up. However, being ready can cut down on the fear and worry.
A few of those preparedness factors include:
- An evacuation plan
- A hurricane kit
- Home wind mitigation techniques
- Tree evaluation
- Wind/flood insurance
I will discuss each of these factors in depth over the next few weeks, but in the meantime, be sure to review good readiness websites, check out these apps, and see which ones might be the most useful to you and your family as we enter Day 1 of the 2020 hurricane season.