Hurricane Preparation 101: Keeping Transportation Safe

Despite having survived Hurricane Florence’s wrath, Florida is now in the crosshairs of a potentially destructive storm.

Packing winds of up to 110 mph, Hurricane Michael may very well be the strongest storm to hit the Florida panhandle in 13 years. Residents living along the northeastern Gulf Coast are expecting massive rainfall coupled with ferocious winds.

While your family’s safety should be a top priority, it’s also important to keep your vehicles and boats away from danger.

Let’s look at the best ways to do just that.

Car

During an evacuation, your car should be prepared for anything. Don’t wait for a brewing storm. You should be able to plan out your evacuation route in advance. Moreover, make sure to stash emergency supplies inside the vehicle. Aside from flashlights and a medicine kit, you also need to stock up on blankets, canned ready-to-eat food, and water.

As the hurricane approaches, your car should have a full tank. You wouldn’t want to run out of gas during the middle of an evacuation. In addition, you should check the tires, lights, brakes, and windshield wipers since they help keep you and your family safe on the road.

It’s also essential to bring a fully charged phone with you. For documents such as your insurance titles and vehicle registration, keep them inside a plastic envelope and store it in the glove compartment of your car,

In cases where you need to leave your vehicle behind, leave it to park in a high place and far from the coastline to keep it safe from floods and storm surges.

Boats and sea vessels

Obviously, you won’t be using your boat or yacht during a hurricane. However, you will still need to keep it safe from danger as much as possible. The best option is to bring the vessel to land and stored in somewhere safe.

If your boat is docked or anchored, it’s best to make sure that the dock lines are firmly secured. You will also need to reinforce your chafe protection. It’s also important to secure your anchorage should also have a longer chain to better protect your vessel from storm surges and uneasy tides. For better protection, use more than one anchor.

Before evacuating, make sure to secure important documents from the vessel and switch off or remove any and all electronic devices.

If you intend on bringing the vessel out of the water, secure it using high-tension cables. Also, to keep your vessel in one place and prevent from rolling, you can simply remove the tires or use blocks. 

RV

An RV or camper can be a valuable asset to have in the event of a hurricane. Especially in the case of total devastation, an RV can help provide much-needed shelter when there’s not much o go round.

Just like your car, it’s important to store emergency supplies such as medicines, extra blankets, flashlights, power banks, and canned or easy-to-cook food. Regular maintenance is also essential, so take time to check the vehicle’s gas lines and ensure that the generator is working properly. Moreover, remove any fire hazards and check the vehicle for any leaky or ruptured pipes.

As the storm approaches, make sure the gas tank is full and store just enough extra fuel. You will also need to check the engine and make sure the lights are working properly. If you intend on leaving the vehicle behind, have it tied down using extra-strong cables in a dry place away from the shoreline.

It’s not advisable to drive your RV at the height of a hurricane. If you need to evacuate with the vehicle, make sure to drive slowly. It’s often best to determine an escape route beforehand. Never attempt to drive through floodwater. If the RV stops in deep water, never stay inside the vehicle. Instead, get on top of it and call for help.

Get extra protection in the event of a hurricane. Make sure to contact AIA for your insurance needs.

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