Step #1: Writing an Inventory
Writing an inventory of all the possessions that you own can help in many ways when a hurricane is on its way. It helps to keep a track of things that may go missing, and can be helpful after the hurricane has passed to know exactly what has become damaged or loss. An inventory can also help when it comes to insurance claims if a home is damaged.
Step #2: Grouping
Grouping your most valuable possessions in their sizes is another important thing when preparing for a hurricane.
Paperwork: Passports, birth certificates, bonds or stocks are just some important paperwork that would need to be collected in a hurry.
Grouping helps to keep all valuables together, especially if an evacuation has been issued. You gather your most important possessions efficiently without wasting valuable time.
Larger items such as desktop computers carry a lot of information, keeping a backup external hard drive can help to save your important data and information, especially if there is no time to unhook the whole computer.
Step #3: Protecting Your Valuables
In an emergency or evacuation there may not be anytime or room to take your larger valuables with you. In the event that this happens, it can be beneficial to place all your items in a crush proof, weatherproof case such as a Pelican case and chain it to a sturdy structure in the event of a flash flood. This helps you to find your case when the storm cell passes, and helps to secure your possession for collecting when the evacuation period has ended.
Step #4: Retrieving Your Valuables
It is important when retrieving your valuables that it is safe to do so. Never go against the orders of law enforcement or emergency personal during or after a hurricane evacuation. When entering your home to retrieve your personal possession, first study the house to ensure it isn’t ready to collapse. Strong winds and flying debris can sometimes weaken structures. Once you have evaluated that the home is secure carefully enter the building and retrieve your items where you left or have chained them. Be mindful of broken glass, and other sharp objects that may be in your way or that can be dangerous if stepped or fallen on.
Hurricanes can cause large scale damage when one is not prepared properly. Securing your assets can dramatically help to increase the protection of your valuables. Pelican cases are just one of the options that can be looked at to assist in securing and protecting your most valuable possessions, and it can be one solution that can save you hundreds of dollars worth of damage from a potential hurricane