The season for hurricanes is coming very soon. Did you know that hurricanes are in the top 3 most dangerous natural disasters in the world? Their effects can be absolutely terrifying! Recreational vehicles are extremely vulnerable to harsh rain and winds. So then, how can you keep yourself and your RV safe from nature’s onslaught?
Your safety is important to your family and friends. If you live in a hurricane-prone area, it is important that you develop a preparatory plan for hurricanes before they happen, so you won’t be caught unaware. These tips have been tried and tested, recommended by professionals, and guaranteed to keep you safe.
What to do before a storm has been predicted?
Hurricane Preparation Kit
You don’t need to wait for a scary forecast to prepare an evacuation plan. Plan ahead!
Many people do not pay attention to their cars during terrible weather, but the thing is: in case you have to evacuate, it is exactly what you need.
Make sure to prepare your vehicle and research all you need to know about driving in terrible conditions.
Go shopping today for emergency supplies. Store them in your trunk! Include a kit for first aid non-perishable food, bottled water, and maintenance medications.
Plan the route you will use if you have to evacuate. Where would be the safest destination for your family?
What to do when a storm has been predicted?
- Do not panic!
Keep a calm head on your shoulders, and plan ahead. Now that you know the storm is coming, read about it as much as you can. What’s the magnitude? What’s the predicted level of destruction? Keep yourself and your family informed in a calm manner. Talk to a professional if you’re developing anxious thoughts.
- Make sure that your RV has a full tank
There may be fuel scarcity after the storm. A full tank will be very helpful in case you will need to run errands or evacuate after the storm has passed.
- Service your RV
Are your windshield wipers working well? Are your tires properly inflated? Do you have spare tires?
Make sure your RV is in prime condition.
- Keep Important Documents In A Waterproof Bag
Keep your driver’s license, your auto insurance, auto registration, and other information in a waterproof bag. It will prevent it from getting wet and damaged in a hurricane.
- Do Not Store Your RV In A Flood-prone Area
Hurricanes can be unpredictable. It is best to keep your RV in an area that doesn’t get flooded easily, so that water doesn’t damage it.
- Ensure That Your Phone Is Fully Charged
Sometimes, hurricanes cause blackouts. Make sure your phone is always fully charged. Get a backup cellphone and make sure it is fully charged too. Make sure you save emergency helplines in your contacts.
What to do during/after a storm?
You may be asked to evacuate during or after the storm. If you are able to drive, follow these tips as much as you can.
- Avoid Flooded Areas
Avoid driving in flooded areas. As much as you can, find a route with the least flooding. Your RV may be swept off from your route by only 12 inches deep of moving water!
- Restart Your Engine
Your engine may die off when it comes into contact with water. You may have to restart it to get your car moving again. This may damage your engine; but remember, your safety is more important. Engines can always be replaced.
- Slowly Depress The Brakes
After you have reached safety, slowly depress the brakes of your RV. Repeat this several times. It helps your brakes get dry and work better.
You must remember that although these tips are very useful, it is generally not recommended for you to drive your RV in harsh weather. It is not ideal to use it as a shelter in bad weather either. However, in the event that you and your family need to evacuate a threatened environment when the storm has passed, it serves well as a comfortable, cheap, and temporary living arrangement.
Thank you for reading these tips. I hope you find them useful as I did. I’d love to hear what you think about these tips and other tips that have worked well for you and your family that need to be added to this list. Remain safe always!