How to Be Prepared to Lose Power During a Hurricane

One Methods:Creating a Safe Room

How to Survive a Hurricane Once You Lose Electricity (if you have no generator).

Steps

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    Make sure your home is properly insulated. If not, get that checked out.
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    Stabilize your home. If you are going to be hit hard, board windows, secure doors, fasten your roof, take anything that can be blown around and put it inside, cut off dead tree branches, clean your gutters, and turn off or unplug anything electrical (Yes, the fridge).
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    Get home and flood insurance.
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    Go and pick up all the non-perishable food you like. Try cereal, peanut butter, pudding cups, applesauce, granola bars, crackers, dried fruit, trail mix, rice, beans, pretzels, fruit snacks, and canned food. Also try things that don't need refrigeration, like apples, oranges, pears, potatoes, bread, and tomatoes. If you want milk, meat, etc, get a good, cold cooler and put new ice in it every day. Put your refrigerator on the coldest setting if you really need it. Dispose of perishable food. Throw it out or eat it now.
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    Gather board games, cards, and any other games you want. Also get books to read and toys for the kids to play with.
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    Make sure all cars, bikes, motorcycles, etc are in the garage or in an area where they can't directly get hit.
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    Gather wood. This way you can start a fire if it gets cold, whether it be at night or in the day.# Get a fire pit with a grill for cooking meat, too. This way, you can have that meat you are storing to eat.
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    Get a lamp. You should be able to dim it and make sure it is battery powered.
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    Buy LOTS of batteries. This way, you won't run out of power for that lamp you have or anything else that requires batteries.
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    Get flashlights or lanterns. They should all be bright and battery powered so you can still have lights if for some reason. The crank flashlights are a good idea too.
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    Purchase a battery powered radio. This way you can hear the news.
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    Make sure to buy food for any pets. If your pet uses a litter box, make sure you have extra litter.
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    Buy plenty of water bottles.
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    Fill the tub with water so you can flush the toilet and wash. For washing, Don't go in the tub Instead, get a washcloth and use it to scrub yourself down.
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    Buy dry shampoo. You won't be able to shower if the plumbing is out.
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    Put all wires in a case or cover them.
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    Buy a good first aid kit. Try a Red Cross First Aid Kit. Also get any refills of medication, even if you don't need it. Make sure to stock up on toiletries too.
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    Fill your car with gas in case you are ordered to evacuate.
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    Have cell phones on hand, fully charged. If there is an emergency, call someone using the cell. This is also good for SHORT calls checking on family and friends.
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    Get sleeping bags or air mattresses, blankets, and pillows. Sleep all together in one room.
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    Have extra cash on hand.
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    Gather a bunch of outfits (warm or cool depending on weather) to keep with you.
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    Keep all valuables and important documents in a sturdy, safe box.
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    If you have a baby, stock up on baby food and diapers. Note: The good thing is that a baby's milk can be warm, so it won't go bad. Therefore, make sure to back plenty of bottles.

Creating a Safe Room

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    Try using a finished basement for this room and shelter. If you can't, find a room with no/minimal windows and no exterior doors.
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    Find a small shelf and stock it with all previously gathered items. This should go in the safe room.
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    Bring pets into the safe room, along with equipment (litter box, food, etc).
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    Stay in the safe room until the storm is over.

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