Although many are still recovering from last year’s hurricane season, it’s already time to start prepping for 2018’s potential storms. This week, NOAA is observing Hurricane Preparedness Week, to help people around the country prepare for any serious weather that might come through. If you live in an area potentially impacted by hurricanes, make sure to check out the National Weather Service’s website for lots of information on hurricane preparedness and how to keep you, your family, and your property safe.
Unfortunately, strong winds, rains, and storm surge can not only be dangerous and damaging, but can also lead to a substantial increase in marine debris. When you’re prepping for an incoming storm, keep this in mind and take some simple steps to secure your belongings and decrease the risk of adding to storm-related marine debris:
- Move any loose items indoors. These items may have the potential to blow away and become debris. This includes any small items like wind chimes and lawn ornaments, but also items like deck furniture.
- For items that can’t be easily moved inside or into storage, make sure they’re secured carefully and tightly.
- If you own a boat, do your best to have it moved from the water and into storage. If that’s not possible, be sure to secure everything you can, including lines, hatches, and windscreens.
The safety of you and your family is the most important thing to keep in mind when a severe storm is approaching. If you plan ahead, then you can also reduce the risk of damage to your property and reduce the chance your belongings might become marine debris. For more on how to strengthen your home and secure your items, check out these videos by the National Weather Service.
As we move into 2018’s hurricane season, plan ahead and stay safe!