Your safety and the safety of your family and others is most important, so develop
a hurricane preparedness plan before a hurricane strikes. While the following tips
are intended to help you protect your RV, your first consideration should always
be to protect yourself and others.
Recreational vehicles are particularly vulnerable to hurricane-force winds and rain.
While RVs should not be driven or used as a shelter during severe weather, they
can provide numerous benefits to you and your family as you look to vacate the threatened
area. In addition, your RV can serve as cost-effective, temporary living quarters
after the storm should your primary residence be damaged or destroyed.
As an RV owner, there are steps you can take to protect your investment before severe
weather strikes. All drivers in hurricane-prone areas should prepare an evacuation
route well before a storm threatens your area. If you are told to evacuate, do so
If you plan to evacuate in your RV and might need to use it as a temporary residence
after a hurricane:
- Prepare an emergency kit by stocking your motor home or travel trailer with items
such as water, non-perishable foods and prescription medications. Before the storm,
fill your vehicle with fuel and check the windshield wipers and tires. Pack sleeping
bags and bedding in plastic bags to protect them from moisture. Place your auto
and home insurance documents, vehicle registration, title and other important documents
in a waterproof bag and keep them with you.
- Avoid driving through water. Moving water can sweep away your vehicle, and roads
covered by standing water are prone to collapse. Attempting to drive through water
also may stall your engine, with the potential to cause irreparable damage if you
try to restart it.
- Perform a thorough safety check. If you use gas-powered lanterns or cook stoves,
be sure to have battery-operated fire alarms and carbon-monoxide detectors to protect
you and your family. If a generator is used to bring power into your RV, a transfer
switch needs to be used to isolate the electricity from the rest of the power grid
to prevent electrical shocks.
If you are evacuating an area and leaving your motor home or travel trailer behind:
- Decide where you'll keep your motor home or travel trailer in the event of a hurricane.
Be sure that it's not left in a low-lying area prone to flooding. Rising water can
seep in and cause damage to upholstery, carpeting and electrical systems.
- Be sure to secure all loose items on your property and remove any nearby tree branches
that may become airborne during high winds and cause damage to your motor home or
- For motor homes, empty the holding tanks, turn off the propane cylinders and cover
the regulator. Cover vents and the air conditioning unit. Tie down travel trailers
and ensure that the lot the trailer occupies is secure.
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