Preparing for the 2012 Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is right around the corner again, so we just wanted to alert our neighbors of its imminent arrival and provide a few helpful tips about what to do in preparation for the 2012 season. Hurricane season officially begins June 1st and ends June 30th. As the beginning of the season approaches, some of the necessary safety and survival supplies tend to get more expensive and harder to find.

Hurricane Ike devastated the Galveston area and severely damaged the Houston area a couple of years ago, and we scrambled like ants to prepare after months of procrastination. Start looking out for specials on lumber and duct tape now so that you can get good prices on the wood you need to protect your windows. Even scrap wood and old wooden doors work well to protect your home.

Those who were here for Hurricane Ike know all too well how important it is to keep your hurricane supplies replenished and complete. The following survival and communication supplies are essential, so start preparing early so that you won’t have any last minute worries:

  • Water (About 3 gallons per person)
  • Canned and non-perishable food items
  • First-aid kit
  • Battery or hand crank radio
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries (lots of them)

If you stayed here in the Houston-Galveston area for Hurricane Ike, I’m sure you can think of a few non-essential items that make life after a storm a little more comfortable. Here are a few that we recommend:

  • Gas Generator
  • Gasoline
  • Charcoal or propane grill
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Baby wipes
  • Ice
  • Car phone charger
  • Games, books, or cards to pass the time

Hopefully the 2012 hurricane season will spare the Houston-Galveston area, especially so soon after Ike. However, we cannot predict or prevent the wrath of Mother Nature, so it’s best to just be prepared. If you have any other ideas or thoughts about preparing for this year’s hurricane season, please share them with us.

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