How to Prepare and Stay Safe During a Hurricane

The Carolinas are facing serious danger with Hurricane Florence continuing on a beeline toward the East Coast as an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 hurricane. The safety of the people in many communities we serve is on all our minds here at Totable. With the storm continuing to show dangerous signs of impact to our Carolina coastlines, we put together tips to help you be prepared and stay safe in the event of a hurricane.

Areas With Expected Impact:

Most models show the hurricane path being as far south as Charleston, South Carolina and as far North as Cape Hatteras. While this is the most likely path, it's important to note that these forces of nature are unpredictable and could swing in any direction, so take precautions if your located within a 300 mile radius of any of these cities. After making landfall, Florence is expected to continue Northwest, impacting the any of the potential areas of impact. We urge those inland in the Charlotte/Greensboro area to take proper precautions as the winds are expected to be strong enough to cause a serious threat to your safety. Even tropical winds can down power lines, trees, cause flooding, and make access to travel, food, and health care are major concern. Moving companies and other businesses in these areas are expected to close for an indefinite period of time to prepare for this serious storm, so we highly recommend that you start planning as soon as possible, with safety being the number one priority.

Here are 10 things you should do to prepare for a hurricane:

  1. Know Where To Go If You Need To Evacuate. If you’re near the coast, go inland if a storm is nearby. This is not fool-proof, since the wind goes inland, too, but it does protect you from floods. The county has shelters, but if you can be safe at a family member’s or friend’s home, you would be more comfortable. Shelters are loud, chaotic and you need to bring your own food and water. They should be a last resort, in our opinion.

  2. Protect Your Home. If you don’t have impact-resistant windows, do you have shutters for all of them? Is your garage door reinforced? Are your entry doors strong enough? If wind gets into your home, the chance of your roof being lifted off is much greater. If a storm approaches, you’ll need to bring in anything that could become an airborne projectile, such as lawn furniture and potted plants.

  3. Plan for Your Pets. That includes having enough crates, food & water for them. The county operates pet-friendly shelters, but you need to reserve ahead of time.

  4. Fill Prescriptions. If you wait until the last minute to get needed medication, you may find the pharmacy closed. Make plans for medications that need to be kept cold or any medical devices that require electricity.

  5. Keep Your Car Filled with Gas. Once you hear a storm is coming, there will be long lines at the gas station.

  6. Keep a Stash of Cash. ATMs & banks may not operate after a storm and you may need cash to buy food, necessities, or for assistance around the house.

  7. Buy Batteries. You will need to power up lanterns, flashlights, portable radios, a portable TV, fans, and other equipment. Make sure you have enough of the correct batteries.

  8. Figure Out What To Eat. Buy non-perishable food that you’ll want to eat. If you have a grill, make sure you have charcoal or propane to operate it but keep the gas in a safe place as they can turn into bombs during a hurricane. Be sure to have a manual can opener to open up the canned food. Also, don’t stock your freezer with expensive food during the summer. There is nothing worse than a power failure when you’ve just bought a freezer full of meat and seafood.

  9. Have a Plan To Power Your Phone. Look into auxiliary power supplies for your cell phone and other devices. A car charger is something you can use anytime. Remember that a landline powered by VoIP, such as those provided by cable companies, will not work. Note, the Red Cross and the Weather Channel have free hurricane apps that are helpful & beneficial especially during a time of need.

  10. Back Up Computer Files and Gather Important Documents. If your home is severely damaged, you could lose vital documents such as birth certificates, passports and insurance policies. Keep those together and be ready to grab them if you evacuate.

At Totable, we're closely monitoring the situation at our Charlotte Office and will close operations in the event that the weather becomes a threat to our customers or employees. We make it our priority to minimize impacts to your moving services, but we also take the safety of everyone seriously when Mother Nature has other plans. There have been no changes to move scheduling as of yet, however we will notify you via email should re-scheduling become necessary. Please note, there is no fee for re-scheduling due to inclement weather.

Please stay safe and feel free to reach out to our Support Team at help@totable.com with any questions.

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