The United States has officially entered hurricane season, is experiencing flash flooding from torrential rains, tornadoes, and wildfires. Are you as prepared as you need to be? There are usually several days to prepare for a hurricane but some weather events happen with almost no warning. Everyone should be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice and avoid the last-minute panic of not knowing what to grab and gathering their most important items in a rush.
A “Grab-and-Go” Bag is essential and it’s important to make sure your car is always ready to go in case of a quick evacuation. Ideal items:
- Important Documents
- Copies of ID Cards
- Copies of Insurance Cards
- Copies of your will and power of attorney
- Copies of deeds
- First Aid Kit
- Spare House Keys
- Jumper Cables or Battery Powered Jump Starters
- Cellphone Charger
- Cat Litter or Sand for Better Traction
These items will help you be ready to go at a moment’s notice. There may be other items that would be helpful. Please comment below and let us know.
If you are like all of us at the DelTran Headquarters and live in Florida or the South East, you generally have a few days notice with an incoming Hurricane. But a flash flood, a tornado, or a wildfire can leave you scampering around trying to remember what you need to grab and where your important documents are located.
Once you have your kit ready to go we recommend checking the expiration date on all items. Especially food and water. Have trouble remembering to do that? Set a reoccurring calendar alert. Here is a great reference site we discovered: Build A Kit
Another important item on your list is to keep an eye on your vehicle’s battery level. Place a battery charger on your daily driver from time to time to keep the battery at optimal peak performance. For your non-daily drivers, be sure to leave a battery charger connected or your battery may lose up to 1% of its charge daily. Leaving you with a dead battery in no time. A back up jump starter is a great item to keep around the house or in your vehicle.
If you have a portable generator or a backup generator we often forget to keep its battery maintained. Make sure you always have it connected to a battery charger that will maintain its optimal charge levels. One charger we highly recommend for this application is: Water Resistant Power Tender PlusThe Power Tender® is water resistant and plenty of power at 5 Amps which will ensure your battery is ready to go when you need it most. Battery Tender® chargers will automatically switch from a charge mode to a maintenance mode; never over charging or discharging your battery. We do recommend periodically checking the status lights on the charger to ensure a power surge has not turned off the charger. The last thing anyone wants is a dead battery…especially when you need the freezer to stay cold, your AC to turn on, or have the ability to use a stove burner.
Don’t let the unknown sneak up on you. Being prepared will keep you calm and keep your family safe in a time of emergency.