I know a lot of people don’t like to admit it, but Hurricane Irma could be the greatest storm in American history.
It could hit us with record rainfall and floodwaters, and wipe out power and communications infrastructure, but it’s not the end of the world.
You could survive it if you have a good head start, and the good news is that there’s a ton of advice you can do right now.
Here are the things you can already do to prepare for a hurricane: Get in your car for the most important first step.
Hurricane Irma is coming to Florida, and it’s going to be a long trip.
You might need a little help getting to the car, but there are plenty of places to go if you need it.
You can find gas stations, hotels, and RV parks to get you there.
And, of course, if you’re in a vehicle, the National Weather Service is posting helpful information for getting you to and from your car.
Check with your state and local authorities.
The storm is moving fast, and if it’s bad enough for you, it could be worse.
The National Weather Services has posted a handy checklist to help you prepare for your first trip.
If you’re not sure how to get to your vehicle, you can call a storm response company or a FEMA-certified disaster response agent.
Get out of the house.
While it might seem like a no-brainer to head out of your house for a trip, there’s still a chance that the storm will hit your house, and you won’t be able to get home for at least a few days.
It’s best to check your property damage reports for any significant damage to your home or building.
If your house has already been damaged, it may be worth checking your property’s insurance policy to see if there’s any way to get out of it without paying more.
Get some supplies.
You’ll want to get as much food, water, and other supplies as possible.
A couple of months ago, I shared my advice for getting ready for a potential hurricane disaster with my friend Sarah.
It wasn’t enough.
There are a lot more items you’ll need to bring to the worst of times, so make sure you’re prepared with the right gear and the right supplies.
There’s even a free app you can download to help get you organized, so you’ll know where you’re headed.
There is a lot you can put in your bag and car, too.
There will be more supplies available, so plan accordingly.
Prepare for your carpool.
If the storm is heading towards your town, it’s important to have a carpool so you can escape the worst flooding.
If it’s a storm with winds of 60 miles per hour or more, you might be lucky enough to have some extra fuel.
You should also have plenty of food and water to get through the storm.
Make sure you have enough food to last a few months.
If all you have is rice and beans, it might not be worth it to try to eat more than a few bags of food a day.
There might also be some extra food left over from your family’s trip, but you may need to ration that.
Be prepared to be in the dark for a while.
You don’t want to go back to your normal life after a storm like Irma, so prepare to be stuck in a dark place for a few weeks.
The longer you’re stuck in the darkness, the more likely you are to burn out, get dehydrated, and dehydrate quickly.
This is why it’s so important to stay hydrated, even when you’re out in the rain.
This also means you need to stay well hydrated.
Bring your own snacks and water.
You want to keep your supplies packed, and bring your own water to a few locations.
I suggest getting at least two large plastic containers with water and snacks and at least one collapsible water bottle.
You will also need at least four disposable water bottles and two water containers.
The most important items for you to bring are: Water Bottles: The water bottle will be your backup in case your car or RV breaks down.
It’ll help you keep your water in case you need more.