Hurricanes are one of the most destructive forces in the world. As a property owner, hurricanes can invoke several problems from the safety and well-being of your tenants to major property damage to your livelihood. Learning how to survive a hurricane is not only smart for you and your family, it’s smart to teach these skills to your renters as it could potentially save their lives. Here are some tips from Keyrenter South Florida on how to survive a hurricane.
Create a Hurricane Survival Kit
You never know if you will be out of food, water, and power for several days or weeks following a hurricane. One of the best things you can do is create a hurricane survival kit to help you get through this difficult time. What goes into a hurricane survival kit? Here are some of the basics you need to get started:
- Food – always plan on packing plenty of food for each member of your family. We recommend sticking with freeze-dried foods as you never know if you will have access to any cooking devices. If you do pack canned goods, always include a GI type can opener.
- Water – you must have enough water stored for each member of your family for drinking, washing, and cleaning dishes. Purification drops are a must-have for emergency kits as you can quickly run out of fresh water to drink and you will need to purify other water.
- Lights – pack several flashlights and lamps along with batteries. Flashlights may be the only power source you have for several days. Add an emergency lantern with a radio to have access to the latest reports and updates on the hurricane.
- Sanitation Kit – you will need to pack supplies for using the restroom. Portable toilets are a smart addition to a hurricane survival kit. Waste disposal bags are also smart to include in the event the portable toilet is filled and you still do not have access to plumbing.
- First Aid Kit – there is a good chance you or someone else could be injured following the hurricane. It is important to have a first aid kit with plenty of supplies for all types of injuries along with medication for pain, fevers, and rashes.
- Hygiene Kit – pack a toothbrush with toothpaste along with some other basic hygiene kit needs.
- Safety and survival tools – add some safety and survival tools to the hurricane kit. You will want to have access to things like rope, tarps, emergency stoves, duct tape, and a swiss army knife. Pack along some gloves and goggles to stay safe when moving things in the water or around your home. Goggles can help to keep things out of your eyes during the wind.
- Bedding – you could be trapped in one area for several days. It is important to have bedding and clothing in the survival kit as you do not want to freeze in case you have gotten wet from the hurricane.
Contact Keyrenter South Florida to discuss how to prepare your rental unit for a hurricane, and what you can do to protect your tenants from serious weather disasters.