Hurricane season has officially started since the 1st June 2018 and will run until the 30th November of this year. Last year’s hurricane season was arguably one of the worst we’ve seen in recent years, where a number of large hurricanes devastated our neighbouring islands causing catastrophic damage. Luckily for us here in Barbados, we were spared by all, only receiving some high winds from the outer layers of the hurricanes that passed close to us. Because of this, we at BestQuote have decided to outline a quick checklist of things to assist you with the preparation for this hurricane season.
Secure Your Home
Depending on the category size hurricane, some individuals opt to stay in their homes until it passes. There is nothing wrong with this, but homeowners must ensure their homes and surrounding areas are up to par and not hazards to themselves or anyone else. By saying this, we mean, there should be nothing lying around that can easily become debris if high winds were to start. Those who have galvanize roofs should strap them down and secure them tightly to avoid them lifting or blowing off, while those who have hurricane shutters should make sure they are in good condition. If you don’t have shutters, persons can secure their windows with plywood board sheets. We also advise persons to obtain homeowner’s coverage to help protect them if they were to ever their home to a natural disaster.
Secure Your Car
Park your car in your garage, if you have one. If you don’t, ensure you park your car away from any trees or street poles that can break or fall and cause considerable damage to your vehicle. Take any valuable documents like insurance papers out of your vehicle and secure them somewhere safe in a sealed ziplock bag. Have your gas tank on at least half in the event you may need to use your vehicle to get you from point A to point B in case of an emergency. Finally, make sure your car insurance is up to date.
Know Your Hurricane Shelters
Information regarding your hurricane shelters can be found on GISBarbados.gov.bb. If you are unsure, a quick search online can provide you with all the necessary information you need. The online PDF file has more than enough information for those uninformed about the procedures that need to be followed in the event a serious hurricane is approaching. Along with public schools and churches, there are also private entities which act at hurricane shelters as well. This information is detailed in the online PDF file. Have a read today!
Secure Important Documents
These documents can include, but may not be limited to; I. D’s, passports, car insurance documents, home insurance documents, medical information documents, anything that you may consider very important that you would need to use urgently but you can’t because they are either lost or damaged. We would advise all person to secure these items in a sealed ziplock bag where water can not get in. This way information on these documents can remain intact and isn’t prone to be torn at the slightest touch because it may have gotten wet. We wouldn’t really consider money and credit cards as documents, but we’d still advise persons to secure them along with the other documents above.
Pack Survival Items
Flashlights, extra batteries, oil lamp, radio, folding chairs, medication, canned items, can openers, lighters, baby food, first aid kit, hygiene products, bottled water. The above is just a summary of the important items persons would need to pack and have set aside in the event they may need to leave their homes and head to a shelter. Depending on each individual’s household, persons would know if they need to walk with anything extra besides what is listed above that may be a necessity to them.
With BestQuote, we can assist you with your hurricane preparedness by offering you not only the most reasonable prices but also some of the best packages available for both your home and car. If you wish for us to find you a quote on both, we can request bundle policy for additional discounts. For more information, you can contact us via www.bestquotebb.com or call us at 1-246-537-0140.
Remember, be safe this hurricane season.