June 1 marked the first day of hurricane season and it won’t end until November 30. This means that vacationing along the Atlantic Coast or Gulf Coast could be a little more exciting than usual if the conditions are right. However, you should note that the peak of the season is from August through October, but a hurricane can occur at any time. So, what happens when you are at a campground or boondocking somewhere and a storm organizes and heads your way?These tips will help you weather the storm.
Don’t try to ride out the storm in your RV.
This should go without saying, but there will inevitably be people who will try it. My time working for FEMA showed me that. That is just asking for trouble. When you know a storm is headed your way, move out and find a safe location, preferably out of the storm’s path. If you don’t have time to move your RV to safety you may have to leave it. Consider your own safety first. Things can be replaced; people cannot.Make a List
When I worked for FEMA we were told to keep a go-bag ready. It would have everything we needed for several days out. I have found that to be somewhat impractical in the limited RV space, so I compromised. I created a list that I keep on my phone that allows me to assemble everything I would need in less than 5 minutes. It includes everything from my laptop (how I work), to my charger, to clothing and toiletries.Assemble an Emergency Kit
Stock up on water, non-perishable foods, prescription meds, pet food, and other things you will need. Make sure your vehicle is fueled up and in good working order. Gather your important papers like insurance documents, social security paperwork, and secure them in a waterproof bag. Keep them close. Seal blankets, bedding, and sleeping bags in plastic bags. The key is to protect those items from moisture. It’s also a good idea to keep a change of clothing and dry shoes in a bag as well.
After the storm you may use your RV as a temporary residence (if you aren’t a full timer). You should take whatever steps you can to protect your family and home.
If You are Leaving Your RV Behind
Sometimes it just isn’t feasible to leave in your RV. You may not be able to move it or you may have to leave in a hurry. Whatever the case, gather your important documents and seal your bedding in bags. Bring the things you will need, making sure you have plenty of water, toilet paper, non-perishable food, pet food, and prescription medications.
Keep an eye on the weather and always know the evacuation routes in your area. A hurricane can be moving one way then suddenly turn on a completely different course. Storm safety is so important. Don’t take chances.
- Find a safe place to park your RV. Try to find high ground, preferably not around a lot of trees.
- If there are any loose items around your RV, like garbage cans, grills, and lawn furniture, secure it so that it can’t become airborne during high winds.
- Empty all holding tanks.
- Turn off the valves of all propane cylinders. Cover the regulator.
- Retract the awning.
- Cover any vents as well as the AC unit.
- Unplug any electrical from the box.
- If you can, tie down your rig to keep it secure.