All it it takes to remind us of what can happen is the memory of past storms. Just mention a name, and we are all reminded of the paths of devastation: Irene, Hugo, Katrina. At the same time, we all know that often times, all the hype and doomsday prophesies only amount to a bit of rain and maybe a fallen tree. No matter what hurricane Sandy (or Frankenstorm) does in your area, being prepared gives you piece of mind.
Here is a list of things to do in preparing your homestead for a hurricane:
- Make an emergency contact list
- Check your property to determine which shelter is safest for animals - have a back up if something happens and you need a new place to house animals. Consider power lines, trees, flood regions, etc
- After the storm inspect your fencing, housing and pastures, for damage and fallen trees (especially poisonous ones)
- If you have dead tree overhanging your house, barn or shed, try to cut it down before the storm arrives.
- Make sure livestock has plenty of food and water with a good back up supply in case you can't get to them right away, or you can't get to the feed store.
- Keep a livestock kit near at hand with emergency info and basic first aid supplies (know where your human first aid supplies are!)
- Decide at what point to lock your animals inside their shelter.
- Have evacuation supplies nearby: If you need to leave know where everything is: cages, leashes, food etc.
- Have access to emergency gear such as shovels, chainsaws, hammers, nails, wood, etc. Think through what might happen and have your gear ready to go.
- Put stuff away - anything that could blow around, or be damaged with serious precipitation or flooding.
- In places that are expecting high winds, cover your window and secure things like screens.
- Harvest anything from your garden that could be damaged in the storm.
- Stake plants that may be damaged by heavy winds.
- Have food prepared that you can cook without electricity.
- Have access to clean water (enough to last 7 days)
- Be prepared for power outages and consider the food in your fridge in freezer. If you know you will experience a long power outage, eat the food that will go bad.
- Have flashlight, matches, candles, and other emergency equipment ready for your home.
- Charge cell phone batteries or other batteries.
- Move any large equipment to high ground to avoid flooding problems.
- If you have one, check your generator.
Do you have other ideas for preparing your homestead for a hurricane? Leave a comment below!
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