As the Southeast United States and at-risk locations around the world anticipate the hurricanes to come, families prepare to survive the storm and, in some extreme cases, evacuate. While we’ve faced many similar storms in the past all over the US, some aren’t sure of the measures it takes to be truly prepared for a storm of this magnitude. Our heart goes out to those who are affected, and we are ready to supply portable restroom trailers to the organizations that aid in hurricane relief.
We want to take the time to share the importance of planning ahead and being ready for storms of this nature to hit.
As you or members of your family or friend group prepare for the storm to come, make sure you are as ready as possible with these tips from leading references.
Know Your Hurricane Risk
Depending on where you live, your risk may be very high or very low. While it may seem obvious which category you fall in, you’d be surprised how much inland dwellers are affected by a storm that seemingly happens only near the coast.
For those living on the coast, you are high risk. Depending on the intensity of the hurricane to come, you should have an evacuation plan prepared. You are most at risk for extreme winds and flooding, and surge thunderstorms.
For those living inland, HurricaneScience.org reports that coastal flooding can reach tens of miles from the coast. Those living within 75-100 miles from the coast should prepare for an increase in winds and rain. Sign up to get alerts and warnings in your area here: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/94715
Know Your Evacuation Zone
For those located in high risk areas, flooding is very destructive and driving in flooded areas can be dangerous. We recommend having an evacuation plan in order so that when you are warned by your local officials, you can head to safety.
Make sure you have an evacuation plan. Keep your car’s gas tank at half full at all times and have any necessary items packed and ready to go. For those who rely on public transportation, contact your local emergency management agency for an evacuation plan.
For those living in mid- to low-risk areas, you should still be prepared for extreme weather. Track the storm and listen to local officials as they determine how far inland the storm will travel, and be prepared to take extra precautions against high winds and rain.
When you have been instructed to evacuate, please do so for the safety of yourself and your family. Use this link to thoroughly review and create an evacuation plan if necessary: https://www.ready.gov/evacuating-yourself-and-your-family
The hardest thing about evacuating can be lack of funds. The Federal Reserve has reported that almost 60 percent of Americans don’t have $400 in savings. Make sure that you aren’t trapped during a hurricane by putting aside a little bit of each paycheck. These funds can ensure that you and your family are ready to go should an evacuation be necessary. Read more tips on financial preparedness here: https://www.ready.gov/financial-preparedness.
For businesses, purchase business-interruption insurance policies to help protect against losses due to damage.
Strengthen Your Home
Whether you are evacuating or simply need to stay home for shelter, wind and thunderstorms can take a toll on your home. Make sure that the structure of your home is prepared for the intense weather conditions by taking a few precautions.
Bring in outdoor furniture or large items that may be tossed by the wind. Trim trees and shrubs to ensure that greenery isn’t blown around, becoming capable of damaging your home. Take measures to reinforce your roof, windows, and doors and use flood damage resistant materials.
Should you need to evacuate, these additional steps could allow you to come home to minimal damage.
Stock Up on Supplies
There are so many supplies that you can get beforehand to ensure that you aren’t caught in the chaos before evacuation time or during times when shelter is required. Think ahead and stock up on key items before it becomes urgent.
ATMs and credit cards may not work during power outages, so take out some cash to have on hand for purchases. Stock an emergency kit with a battery operated radio, flashlights, non-perishable food, entertainment for children if necessary, bottled water, and blankets.
Keep in mind that should you need to stay in your home for safety, this is all you have to rely on. Visit ready.gov/kit for a thorough list of items to stock up on should you need to take shelter for a long period of time.
We Can Help
As a leading provider of portable restroom trailers, we are here to help those in need. Whether you are a nonprofit sending in volunteers to help with post-storm damage control, a business that needs repairs done, or a shelter taking in those who lost everything, we are here to provide restroom rentals that can make your efforts easier. From restrooms to showers to laundry facilities, we have the equipment you need to get your organization or business running smoothly. Please reach out and let us know what you need - our portable restroom trailers come in all sizes and are customizable according to your needs.
In addition to our emergency restroom trailers, for more information on tracking hurricane storms, preparing, and post-storm emergency aid, see the links below:
- Hurricane safety checklists: http://hurricanesafety.org/prepare/hurricane-safety-checklists/
- Track the latest hurricane forecast: https://www.weather.gov/tbw/
- Recommended supply lists: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/90354
- Sign up for emergency alerts: https://www.ready.gov/alerts