It’s Time to Prepare for Hurricane Season!

I know I sound like a broken record, but it’s time to prepare for hurricane season. It’s been ten years since we’ve felt the impact of a hurricane, and nine years since we’ve HAD to prepare, however, that doesn’t mean preparation isn’t a good idea.

Last year at this time, I encouraged you to prepare for hurricane season, but it’s time for a repeat:

  • Get cash.
  • Fill your car with gas.
  • Buy water.
  • Prepare a first-aid kit.
  • Get a phone charger for your car.
  • Prepare for darkness.
  • Check out your battery operated radio.
  • Stock up on paper products, cleaning products, and personal care products.
  • Organize important papers, some clothing, and other items in case you need to leave.
  • Plan for pets.

Waiting until the last minute to prepare for a storm is stressful and expensive. That’s why I recommend you start preparing this week, and since the state’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is in effect until Sunday, June 8th, you may as well take advantage of the lower prices on a few of the items you’ll need. This is the time to check and replace your flashlights and batteries, a good first step. But you may also want to buy gas cans, lanterns, or ice chests if yours need to be replaced. Many of these products are on sale this week so in addition to paying no tax, you should be able to take advantage of discounted prices.

It’s also a good idea to start putting away cash in case a hurricane comes your way. Without electricity you won’t be able to use the ATM so cash is essential. By setting aside $50 in cash every time you get paid, you should have a good start on collecting cash needed, and if there’s no storm this year, you can use this money for Christmas shopping or a weekend getaway.

Check out my memo from last year, It’s Hurricane Season or the American Red Cross Hurricane Preparation for more tips.

I’m hoping for another quiet hurricane season, but as my mom always says, “it’s better to be safe than sorry”!