Limitless Contributor

Along with the excitement of summer, comes a more serious danger; hurricane season. According to the National Hurricane Center, hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1st and ends November 30th. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15th and also ends November 30th.

The most important thing you can do is have a PLAN in case a hurricane comes your way. While we were living in Kingsville, Texas we knew being so close to the Gulf of Mexico, we needed to be prepared for a hurricane. So, we had boards cut out to fit over every window and put together an emergency binder (containing a list of items to pack up in the case of an evacuation). I was so glad we had taken time to get the necessary supplies and made a detailed plan because when the hurricane got close, my husband had to help get the planes out of the area and I was left to do the hurricane prep myself!

Keep your family Safe:

Your number one priority is ensuring you and your family (don't forget the pets) are safe.

Prepare your home:

  • Take photos/video of the current condition of your home, so you will have a clear "before and after" to compare in case any damage from the hurricane occurs.
  • Remove any outdoor furniture, board windows, move valuables away from windows, make sure your home is properly insured.

Make sure to keep in contact with the command/unit your family is attached to. They will have helpful resources and will be able to keep tabs on families to ensure they provide help whenever than can. Be prepared and be safe. If an evacuation is recommended or mandated I recommend you evacuate. I truly believe in "better safe than sorry".

Please share your hurricane preparation stories and tips in the comments.

Helpful Resources:

Wendy's Hurricane Story
Military One Souce's Blogging Brigade's Hurricane Preparedness
What To Do When You're Ordered to Evacuate
USAA's Disaster and Recovery Center