Mother Nature brings many things, from beautiful rolling green hills to massive sunrises and sunsets. But while Mother Nature is fairly calm for the most part, she can also be quite fierce at times, blowing in with reckless abandon, causing destruction and devastation to whatever is in her path. While most times we can find safety from bad weather in a designated safe spot, there are times when weather conditions can become so severe we are required to evacuate our homes – even towns. So, what do you do when dangerous weather hits and you have to relocate? Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about packing up and moving during dangerous weather.
Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit
The first thing you should do when evacuating is to prepare an emergency supply kit. It should include:
- Bottled water: Water is our most vital resource, and you should have an adequate supply in your emergency supply kit. Each person needs one gallon of water per day. You need enough water in your kit to last each family member three days.
- Non-perishable food: Food is another essential you will need during your evacuation, so stock up on non-perishable items. Example: soups, cereals, nuts, crackers, peanut butter, jelly, energy bars, etc. Also included in your supply kit should be food for babies, infants and/or pets. And don’t forget the can opener!
- Blankets, sleeping bags, change of clothes: Be sure to pack enough of each of these things for all family members. Make sure to take the weather and temperature into account.
- Prescription medicine/First-aid kits: Be sure to pack your emergency supply kit with all prescription medications. Also, include first-aid supplies, such as pain relievers, sterile bandages, antiseptic lotion, allergy meds, thermometer, etc.
- Toiletries: Just as when you go anywhere overnight, you should bring along toiletries, like toilet paper, toothbrushes, soap and shampoo.
- Tools: Another way to prepare your kit for your evacuation is by supplying it with basic tools – a pocket knife, hammer, pliers, duct tape, flashlight/spare batteries, matches and so on.
What to Take with You When Evacuating
If severe weather causes you to evacuate your home, or town, there are some things you should always bring with you – no matter what. Some essentials include:
- Valuables: Any items that are truly valuable should never be left behind. This means things that are irreplaceable. Examples include: cash, bank cards, jewelry, expensive electronics, collectors’ items, family heirlooms and artwork.
- Important documents: Even if pressed for time while getting ready to evacuate, it is a good idea to try and gather some of your most important documents first. These include:
- Personal documents: IDs, passports, driver’s licenses, birth certificates, social security cards, diplomas.
- Financial documents: Banking information, investment papers, tax records.
- Insurance documents
- Medical records
- Home deeds/other property needs
- Pets: Your pets aren’t just important to you; they are valuable too. So, just as you are evacuating yourself and your family, don’t forget your precious pets. Be sure to bring their transportation carriers, and ensure they have their ID tags secured to them. Also, bring along food and water for them for the journey ahead.
What to Do Before Evacuating
When the time officially comes to evacuate your home, here are some of the important things you should do before leaving.
- Prepare to evacuate using a planned evacuation route.
- Start preparing for the evacuation as early as possible. This will help you avoid the risk of being on the road when bad weather strikes, as well as getting a jump-start on the traffic jams that are sure to form.
- Ensure you don’t leave anyone or anything behind, from family members and pets to valuable items and documents.
- Turn off the main water valve, switch off the electricity and stop the gas supply.
- In case of flood, move prized possessions you are unable to take with you to higher ground.
- Secure any loose objects inside your home – furniture, potted plants, etc.
- Board up windows and doors.
- Lock all windows and doors.
- Fill your car’s gas tank.
- Have your cell phone and charging cable handy.
- Load your emergency supply kit and all valuables into your vehicle.
You may not have considered this, but if there is enough time before severe weather makes its debut, you can hire professional emergency movers to help you move your items out of harm’s way. Professional emergency movers will respond quickly and know how to handle emergency moves. They will also make it possible for you to move – and save – more of your possessions.
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