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Hurricane Preparedness: A Guide to Weathering the Storm

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Hurricane Preparedness: A Guide to Weathering the Storm

Hurricanes are powerful and destructive natural disasters that can cause significant damage to properties and put lives at risk. Being prepared is the key to minimizing the impact of a hurricane on your life, belongings, and community.

This year, we unfortunately already know how forest fires and flooding have ravaged and devastated local communities. With hurricane season just around the corner, in this blog, we will provide you with valuable insights on how to prepare for a hurricane, along with emergency lists tailored for different scenarios – homeowners, property managers, single moms, and building site managers.

By following these guidelines and assembling the necessary items, you can enhance your storm readiness and stay safe during any hurricane.

fallen tree on house roof after hurricane

General Hurricane Preparedness

Before we delve into the specific lists, let’s discuss some general hurricane preparedness tips applicable to all individuals:

a) Create a Family/Household Emergency Plan: Establish a comprehensive emergency plan with your family or household members. This should include evacuation routes, meeting points, communication channels, and responsibilities assigned to each member.

b) Gather Essential Documents: Keep important documents like identification, insurance policies, medical records, and property deeds in a waterproof and easily accessible container.

c) Secure Your Property: Trim trees and bushes around your property to reduce potential debris during a storm. Reinforce windows, doors, and roofs to minimize damage from strong winds.

d) Stock Up on Non-Perishable Food and Water: Prepare an emergency food supply that can sustain you and your family for at least three days. Don’t forget to have enough water, at least one gallon per person per day.

e) Prepare a Disaster Kit: Assemble a disaster kit with essential items such as flashlights, batteries, first aid supplies, blankets, and a battery-powered radio.

Now, let’s move on to the specific emergency lists for different scenarios:

Comprehensive Emergency List

This list is designed to cater to the needs of any household, regardless of size or structure. It includes essential items to have on hand during a hurricane:

  • Battery-powered flashlights and lanterns
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Non-perishable food items (canned goods, granola bars, etc.)
  • Bottled water
  • Prescription medications
  • Personal hygiene items (toilet paper, hand sanitizer, wet wipes)
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Blankets and sleeping bags
  • Essential documents (ID, insurance papers, medical records)
  • Important contact numbers
  • Portable phone charger and power bank
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Multi-tool or Swiss Army knife
  • Duct tape and plastic sheeting
  • Whistle for signaling
  • Manual can opener
  • Matches or lighters in a waterproof container
  • Rain gear and sturdy footwear
  • Extra set of car keys
  • Plastic bags for waste disposal
  • Insect repellent

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When it comes to getting storm ready, The Hercules Group of Companies can help. Stellar Industrial has stores in Nova Scotia , New Brunswick and Newfoundland. Whether you a looking for generators, industrial ‘clean up’ tools, water pumps, hoses, first aid kits, batteries, flash lights, duct tape or insect repellent, Stellar Industrial carries them all. Call: 1-800-498-7779 to learn more, or  stop by your nearest store to stock up this season.


Emergency List for Property Managers

Property managers have the added responsibility of ensuring the safety of multiple residents during a hurricane. Here’s a tailored list to help them prepare effectively:

Comprehensive emergency list items (see above)

  • Notify residents of the approaching hurricane and provide evacuation instructions
  • Inspect the property for any loose or hazardous items and secure them
  • Have a generator on standby for emergency power backup
  • Clear common areas and parking lots of debris
  • Store important documents and contact information for tenants and the property owner
  • Establish a communication system with residents to keep them informed about the hurricane’s progress and any safety updates
  • Coordinate with local authorities and emergency services for assistance and information
  • Arrange for alternative accommodation for residents who may need it during evacuation
  • Conduct post-storm inspections and arrange for necessary repairs and maintenance


Emergency List for Single Moms

Single moms may face unique challenges during hurricane preparedness. This list aims to help them stay organized and protect their families during the storm:

  • Comprehensive emergency list items (see above)
  • Reach out to family, friends, or neighbors for support during preparations and the storm
  • Store baby supplies (diapers, formula, baby food) for at least three days
  • Create a child-friendly hurricane kit with games, toys, and comfort items
  • Identify a safe space within the home to hunker down during the storm
  • Have a plan for childcare in case evacuation is necessary
  • Keep important contacts, such as neighbors or local support groups, on speed dial
  • Prepare a list of emergency contacts for your children, teachers, and healthcare providers
  • Organize important documents in a labeled and waterproof folder for easy access


Emergency List for Building Site Managers

Construction sites are vulnerable to hurricane damage, and site managers must prioritize safety and security. This list caters specifically to their requirements:

  • Comprehensive emergency list items (see above)
  • Secure or relocate construction materials that may become projectiles during high winds
  • Stabilize heavy equipment and machinery to prevent damage
  • Ensure all workers are informed about the hurricane and the evacuation plan
  • Disconnect electrical power to the site to avoid electrocution hazards
  • Store hazardous materials appropriately, ensuring they won’t leak or contaminate during flooding
  • Reinforce temporary structures and scaffolding to withstand high winds
  • Clear the site of debris and loose objects that may pose risks during the storm
  • Document the condition of the site before the hurricane to facilitate insurance claims afterward
  • Coordinate with subcontractors and suppliers to ensure site-wide preparedness


By taking proactive measures and preparing for a hurricane, you can safeguard your life, property, and community. Tailoring your emergency list to your specific needs as a homeowner, property manager, single mom, or building site manager ensures a more effective response during an emergency. Remember, hurricane preparedness is a shared responsibility, and staying informed and organized can make all the difference in weathering the storm safely.


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