Tips for Hurricane Preparedness

img289The destructive effects of hurricanes and tropical storms typically occur in our Mid-Atlantic region during the months of August, September, and October. “Much of the preparation for large storms in our area is good common sense,” says Safety Committee Member Ephraim Stoltzfus. “Being diligent about a few simple precautions can help avoid damage by water, trees, and wind.”

High Winds…

  • Bring in outdoor furniture, garbage cans, and other items that are not tied down
  • Have a tarp and 2x4s ready to temporarily fix roofs

Rainfall Flooding…

  • Move valuables up out of places that are flood-prone
  • Clean out debris from rain gutters & downspouts
  • Check condition of hoses, sump pumps and generators
  • Check fuel supplies
  • Do not drive around barricades and through high water

Fallen Trees…

  • Keep trees and bushes well trimmed to improve wind resistance
  • Remove dead trees & limbs before a major storm
  • Check chainsaws and fuel
  • Do not work on trees that touch electric wires

Loss of Power…

  • Collect a three-day food and water supply
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible
  • Keep battery-powered lights and radio and extra batteries on hand

There are many common-sense safeguards that each family can put into place to deal
with a pending natural disaster. It is important to prepare your home and family. But
here in Bird-in-Hand it is equally as important to be prepared so that you can help your
neighbor be safe and recover from the storm’s effects too.