Don’t wait until a hurricane watch or warning has been announced. The hurricane season begins on 1 June very year but it’s not too late to start now.
Use a digital camera or smartphone to take several photos from multiple angles of the interior and exterior of your motor vehicle. Remember to do close-up and distance shots of the vehicle. Also, get a snapshot of where you plan to park the car if forced to ride out a storm.
Make clean, clear copies of your car’s papers. Your GenAc car insurance policy may already be digital, so focus on your vehicle registration and fitness certificates. Keep a set in a secure location inside your home and place a set in a sealable plastic bag inside your car. For bonus points, scan the documents and keep them in an internet-based safe place.
Fill your gas tank whenever a storm threatens. Check your battery, oil and windshield wipers and replace them if necessary. Remember that if a storm hits, it is often very difficult to buy gas or make repairs.
Park in a safe place
Vehicles are safest in a building garage. If your home doesn’t have a secure garage, consider where to park your car. Parking close to a building provides some protection against the elements. Search for high ground if possible and take every practical step to avoid parking under trees and powerlines. Engage your emergency (hand or foot) brake and close all doors and windows properly. Finally, park facing your exit direction. This will save time if you must use your car to evacuate quickly.
Take stock of your car, both inside and out, and remove valuables or items that could become projectiles in the event of a storm.
Pack a bag
Equip your car with an emergency kit. Pack a few basic items like jumper cables, a tool kit, a tyre jack, a flashlight with extra batteries and rope. Consider packing a bag for yourself and your family. Having a “go-bag” with a few essential items already in your vehicle can save time and make it easier if you must evacuate.