Wirecutter: The Best Hurricane Preparedness Supplies and Strategies
The Best Hurricane Preparedness Supplies and Strategies
Hurricanes have terrifying power, and because of their sheer scope and unpredictability, each one presents variables that are totally out of your control. How destructive will it be? Will it shift direction and come right at you? Will you have to evacuate? If so, how has the COVID-19 pandemic affected the way shelters are organized, and what should you expect when you arrive at one? As unsettling as these questions are, there’s a lot you can do to get ready for one of these megastorms, from staying informed to making sure you have the right gear and completing a few relatively simple home improvements.
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season produced the most storms on record, with 30 named storms, 13 of which became hurricanes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This was the fifth consecutive year with an above-normal hurricane season, and Hurricane Laura alone caused $19 billion in damages. And hurricanes aren’t the only seasonal danger: “A slow-moving tropical storm can produce 10 or 15 inches of rain over a big area and produce a lot of inland flooding,” said Gerry Bell, PhD, lead hurricane season forecaster with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, in a conference call (MP3) with reporters.
The most important items to have on hand for a hurricane are the things that will help you communicate with the outside world, find your way in the dark, and protect your belongings. “Be prepared for some primitive living without power for a while,” said Claudette Reichel, a building science specialist at Louisiana State University who trains housing professionals on disaster resilience as well as on hurricane and flood recovery. Continue reading how to be best prepared for hurricanes written by Doug Mahoney and Joshua Lyon here: https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/top-10-tools-to-help-you-ride-out-the-next-hurricane/