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First Responders Swear By These Helpful Hurricane Hacks


Hurricane season comes every year. In a bid to keep folks safe, first responders from all over the country have contributed to a list of safety hacks that will help your family as you ride out the storm. Bear in mind that these tips work for any natural disasters, so you don’t need to live in hurricane country to follow them.

Water, Water Everywhere

Conserving fresh water is essential during any storm, particularly a hurricane. You can fill up your bathtub and sinks with fresh water, along with Ziploc bags, which you can then store in the freezer. Fill up whatever jugs you have, as well, and it’s not just for drinking. Check out what else you can do with water jugs!

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Let There Be Light

Firefighters aren’t fans of candlelight during natural disasters. The risk of starting a fire is too great. Tape a flashlight or a headlamp to a full jug of water instead. That leaves you with a soft but illuminating ambient light that will shine the way through the darkness of the storm.

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Taking Out The Trash

Not everyone has sandbags at the ready. To prevent floodwaters from ruining your home, you can improvise your own sandbags. All you need are heavy-duty garbage bags filled with water, although you can also fill them with fine gravel or pebbles. Create barriers in front of all doors to the outside to prevent water from sneaking inside.

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Ice, Ice Baby

Worried about keeping food and beverages cold during a hurricane? Open up your washing machine and pack it full of ice. You should unhook everything beforehand. This trick ensures that your drinks remain icy, plus it provides you with extra water if you need it. Just let the ice melt.

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Check The Freezer

Before the storm hits, place a dime or a nickel on top of an ice cube in your ice cube tray. After the storm, check the coin. If you notice that it’s sunk down further into the ice cube, that means that everything in the freezer has thawed out at some point, so it’s not safe to eat the food.

How do you make it through stormy weather safely? Share your hurricane hacks and foul weather tips, too!

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