In the Caribbean, the annual Hurricane seasons tends to last from the beginning of June to the end of November. How can we be prepared to weather the effects of a storm if it comes? Have a read to stay in the know!
Every now and then, we are faced with storms that can interrupt the flow of our daily lives and cause havoc to our belongings and general environment. It makes sense to be prepared for any eventualities, especially if the area you live in is prone to these kinds of natural phenomena.
Have an Emergency Savings Account
It makes sense to have an account set aside for seriously rainy days. In the event that you do need to have access to some cash right away, saving from now for this possibility will prepare you in the long run.
Keep Cash on Hand
In case you aren’t able to access the bank or a nearby ATM, it would be good to keep some physical cash on your person. This way, if you need to make a purchase or pay for a service, this can minimize the risk of loss in a dangerous situation. Time is of the essence when it comes to these matters.
Store Perishable Food Items
Canned foods and items that won’t spoil easily are essential to preparing for a storm. We can lose access to electricity or electrical appliances, and depending on the situation, it can take a while before things have settled down to have a warm, home-cooked meal. The idea is to preserve your well-being in an emergency and reduce excess so that you can save your resources.
Prepare To Evacuate
Storms tend to cause great flooding. If the need arises for you to seek lodging in another area, such as a storm shelter or a hotel, you may need to have money saved to make the journey and/or book a room. Check beforehand to know what items would be priority in such an event, and make plans to move as quickly and carefully as possible.
Safeguard Your Belongings
Part of being in a storm is that there tends to be major loss of property, which results in millions of dollars lost to repairs and replacements. Be proactive by waterproofing and sealing your official documents and papers, barring doors and windows so wind and water cannot enter your house, parking your car safely away from open areas where it can be damaged, and maintaining as much as possible a clean environment that will reduce the possibility of illness or injury.
Storms occur yearly in different parts of the world, and it only makes sense to be prepared in case you end up experiencing one. Saving up for emergencies, keeping cash readily available, storing easy-to-access food and water, waterproofing your belongings and making plans to relocate if necessary can save you a lot of time, energy and money. This way, picking up the pieces afterwards will become a much more manageable task.