If you live in an area where hurricanes are a possibility, it’s always wise to be ready for the worst. The best plans for travel include having a hurricane kit ready to go.
Here are some of the most important items you’ll need for your hurricane kit:
– Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
– Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
– Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
– Flashlight and extra batteries
– First aid kit
– Whistle to signal for help
– Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
– Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
– Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
– Manual can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
– Local maps
With hurricane season already upon us, now is the time to start making plans for travel this summer and fall. Here are some tips for finding cheap flights and hotels during hurricane season, as well as the best ways to prepare for a possible weather-related disruption.
The best way to avoid hurricanes is to find a place that isn’t affected by them. That usually means somewhere in the northern part of the United States. But if you live in an area that does get hit by storms, there are still some steps you can take to protect yourself from high prices and other problems that come with being too close to the storm.
Book early. The further in advance you book your trip, the more likely it is that you’ll get a good deal on flights and hotels.
Avoid beach destinations. Even though beaches are often popular places for travelers, they’re also prone to damage from hurricanes, so it’s wise to avoid them during hurricane season if possible.
Look for deals on flights and hotels that aren’t advertised as hurricane-related discounts because they may be cheaper than those advertised as such!
With the start of hurricane season next month, it is smart to start planning for the worst. Here are some tips for traveling during hurricane season and what you can expect at airports if a storm hits.
Hurricane season begins on June 1st and lasts until November 30th. Once a hurricane threatens an area, airlines will often offer waivers that allow travelers to adjust their plans without changing fees. If a passenger’s flight is canceled because of a storm, they can get a refund or use the cost of the ticket toward a future flight. Make sure to check your airline’s policy before you rebook your flight as policies vary by carrier.
While airlines try to minimize cancellations in advance of bad weather, they do follow the advice of local authorities. If a storm is approaching and evacuation orders have been issued, it is possible that the only flights available will be those carrying passengers out of the area.
If you are booked on a flight that is canceled because of a storm and your destination was unaffected by the weather, you may be able to find an earlier flight through your airline. However, if your destination was in fact hit by bad weather, be prepared for long lines and delays at airport terminals as many passengers try to rebook their travel plans at once.
As the Atlantic hurricane season gets under way, now is the time to start thinking about what you should do if a storm threatens your travel plans. Here are a few tips:
Cancel or postpone your trip if there’s a chance you’ll be traveling during a hurricane. If you can’t cancel, take out travel insurance that covers hurricane-related cancellations.
If you’re driving, fill up your gas tank before the storm hits and keep the tank as full as possible during the storm so that you can leave town quickly if an evacuation is ordered.
Prepare for delays by having an emergency kit in your car with extra water, food and medicines. You might also consider bringing along a tent, sleeping bag and ground tarp if stranded travelers have to sleep at a shelter or in their cars.
Once a storm has passed, check road conditions before hitting the road. And be on the lookout for debris and downed trees that could block roads and cause further damage to cars.
The best way to protect your travel plans from cancellations and delays due to hurricanes is to buy travel insurance as soon as you book your flight or cruise. If you wait until a hurricane warning is issued, it will be too late.
The policies of most airlines and cruise lines allow you to get a credit for future travel if you cancel before the storm hits, but there are no refunds. So if your trip is canceled because of a hurricane, the best you can hope for is another vacation sometime in the future. Travel insurance could reimburse you for your unused airline tickets and hotel rooms, ferry tickets, tours and car rentals, as well as other out-of-pocket expenses.
Insurance policies are notoriously confusing and difficult to compare. But comparison shopping among the major insurers doesn’t take much time and can save a lot of money: A consumer study by the Insurance Information Institute found that annual premiums for single trip medical policies ranged from $54 to $238.
Travel insurance is available from airlines and cruise lines, but their policies tend to be more expensive than those sold by third parties like Travel Guard International and Travel Insured International (both companies have been recommended by Consumer Reports). And many travel agents now sell travel insurance; they generally earn commissions of 10 percent or more
Another hurricane season is on our doorstep. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting 11 to 17 named storms this year, with five to nine of them becoming hurricanes. While no one can know where a storm will strike, if you live in an area at risk, it is important to have a plan for what to do if a hurricane approaches. The time to prepare for a hurricane is before the storm hits.
What should you do in advance?
The first step is to make sure you have adequate insurance coverage. If your home is damaged or destroyed by a hurricane or severe storm, your policy will provide funds for repairs or rebuilding. It also covers additional living expenses, such as hotel and restaurant bills if you are unable to live in your home while repairs are being made or your home is rebuilt.
Policies differ depending on the insurance company and type of policy you have purchased. Most policies cover wind damage but may not cover flooding caused by storm surge. You may need to purchase flood coverage separately through the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program. Review your policies early so that you know exactly what they cover, especially when it comes to building and contents replacement values.
You should also find out whether your homeowners insurance covers both replacement cost and actual cash value,
This hurricane season will be unlike any other. Are you ready? If you experience a disaster, what would you do? These are questions we must ask ourselves to ensure our safety and the safety of our family in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.
You can take steps now to ensure you and your family are prepared in the event of an emergency. The first step is making a plan. A family communication plan is an important part of that plan. Your family may not be together if an emergency strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another and reconnect if separated.
Make sure everyone in your household knows where to find the local emergency shelters and evacuation routes. Tune into your local news stations for updates on weather alerts and road closures.
Make sure every household member understands how to use a fire extinguisher, as well as basic first aid techniques, such as CPR and how to stop bleeding wounds.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers several free mobile apps for iOS and Android that can help you prepare for a storm, get through a disaster and recover afterward. These apps include:
– FEMA – Official app of the Federal Emergency Management Agency provides information about disasters at your fingertips. Features include shelter locations, safety tips