Be prepared with this hurricane season checklist


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Hurricane Irene is not quite a distant memory yet. Some still are feeling its effects and dealing with whatever hand the storm dealt them. And your home tends to shoulder the worst that hurricanes have to offer. So to get you ready for any future hurricanes that are a-brewing, we consulted the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a list of steps to make sure you and your home are prepared.

• Make sure to follow the news;

• Close storm shutters, secure outdoor furniture or bring it inside;

• If told to do so, turn off utilities;

• Keep the refrigerator door closed as much as possible and turn the thermostat to the coldest setting;

• Turn off propane tanks;

• Fill the bathtub with water for cleaning and flushing the toilet;

• Follow instructions if you’re told to evacuate, especially if you live in a mobile home, on the coast or in a high-rise building;

• If you can’t evacuate, stay indoors and away from windows and glass doors. Close curtains, blinds and interior doors and secure external doors. Go to a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level;

• Have on hand some essential hurricane supplies. Check out FEMA’s emergency kit list here; and

• Portable generators can be extremely helpful if you lose power. But they also pose a number of safety hazards. Click here for some helpful tips on how to use and store your generator.

Recently, the House Honcho heard a great tip: If you know a hurricane is coming, freeze some water in Ziploc bags. If you lose power, put the ice-filled bags in the fridge, which will help keep food colder longer. Comment below or on our Facebook page with any of your own tips.