Superstorm Sandy left destruction in the wake of her path this past October in New Jersey. For the first time in ages, the Jersey Shore was left in ruins. Businesses and residents faced extensive damage and devastation upon returning to their buildings, as doors, siding, and windows in NJ litter the affected towns. While the storm has brought more destruction than NJ residents could have ever imagined, they are now building stronger than ever. When living in a beach destination or a region prone to hurricanes and other harsh weather conditions, it’s important to take the proper precautions in order to ensure that you and your property remains safe during a storm. Learn about the various ways NJ residents are building stronger and how you can do the same to ensure you and your property is protected.
Make a plan
It’s important to ask yourself, if you found yourself in a similar situation as the Hurricane Sandy victims, what would you do to protect your family, belongings, and property? Do you have somewhere to stay? Do you know what necessities and heirlooms you need to grab if you need to leave quickly? While the very thought of facing such devastating destruction may be upsetting, it’s important to prepare a plan so you know what to do immediately without putting much thought into it. Hurricane Sandy victims did not receive much notice before evacuation and faced a tough-learned lesson.
Have an emergency contact
When it comes to making a plan, it’s important to have an emergency contact in another area further away from your home where you can stay if an evacuation were to ever occur. Many NJ residents became homeless in the wake of the storm, and hotels surrounding the shore filled quickly after evacuation.
Protect your home
If you live an in area prone to storms and harsh weather conditions, it’s important to do everything you can to protect your home or business. From disaster insurance to elevating your home, there are a few things you can do to help protect your home. Hurricane Sandy victims boarded up their windows in NJ while others simply didn’t have the materials and time – store boarding materials in a shed or garage to remain prepared in case of a natural disaster.
While the devastating effects of such a large natural disaster such as Hurricane Sandy are unavoidable, there are things you can do to aid in protecting yourself, your property, and your family.
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