Hurricane Watch: Steps to Take Now

by Rachel Joy Horn ; Updated January 31, 2018


As Hurricane Sandy threatens the East Coast, millions are wondering: Am I doing everything I can to prepare for a disaster? eHow has created a list of what you need to do ASAP -- from collecting relevant emergency documents to creating a home first aid kit -- to get ready to survive Mother Nature's wrath and the challenges that follow.

Protect Your Home

Homeowners facing a hurricane should take preventative measures such as trimming dead branches from trees and readying windows.

Related: Get more tips about protecting your home from a hurricane.

Build an Emergency Kit

A few key supplies like water and batteries can help you weather power failures, business closures, and, well, the weather.

Related: Learn more about building an emergency kit for your family.

Create a First Aid Kit

Instead of buying the prepackaged version, create your own first aid kit to ensure that you have everything you and your family might need.

Related: Find out what essential items you should include in your first aid kit.

Prepare for an Evacuation

Your evacuation list should include items such as pet food and important medications so that you can leave your home within minutes if needed.

Related: Read which 10 items you should have incase of an evacuation.

Compile Emergency Documents

Organize the important documents you may need to provide to authorities, relief agencies and creditors after the emergency takes place.

Related: Find out which documents you should have on-hand incase of an emergency.

Establish a Communication Plan

Do you know how you'll reach loved ones after a disaster? Create a plan to connect with family members.

Related: Learn how to communicate with family members after a disaster.

Know What Your Insurance Policies Cover

Make sure you understand the difference between homeowner's and flood insurance so that you can file a claim effectively.

Related: Get more information about homeowner's and flood insurance.

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About the Author

Rachel Joy Horn is an associate product manager for Demand Media and a graduate of the University of Southern California.