Hurricane Preparedness

Back in June, Captain Tony P wrote an article on hurricane preparedness for boaters. With Tropical Storm Erika heading our way, we thought it would be a good time to review some hurricane precautions.

For boaters:
– Use plenty of duct tape to secure hatches, drawers, cabinets, vents for fuel and water tanks, seams in doors and windows, etc.
– Make sure to have extra lines for your boat and bring it inland if you can.
Read this document from the U.S. Power Squadron.

Other items to have on hand:

– Water for 3 days per person
– Non-perishable items like canned goods, peanut butter, energy bars
– Candles and matches
– Flashlights and extra batteries
– Prescriptions refills
– Toiletry items and a first-aid kit

And other things you might want to do, in addition to putting up shutters:
– Top up the gas in your cars
– Bring toys, bikes, plants, etc indoors
– Get extra cash from the ATM

This list is by no means exhaustive. Please refer to the NOAA for more information and prepare now. Even if the storm misses us, you’ll feel more relaxed and you’ll be better prepared for the next one.

Written by Denise Ciparro for


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