Hurricane season on the Atlantic Coast officially begins on June 1 and lasts through the end of November. As storms in recent years have shown us, you can never be too prepared. Putting a plan in place to prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms is crucial.
Be ready for severe weather with Blue Rhino! Here are some tips to help you weather the storm this hurricane season.
1. Pick up an extra ready-to-use propane tank
Propane tanks are a valuable commodity during storm season because of how versatile propane can be. With propane, you can fuel a grill to boil water, cook food before it spoils if the power goes out, along with several other practical uses. Having an extra tank could be the difference when weathering storm season. To find the closest location that carries Blue Rhino, visit the Propane Finder
on our website.
2. Stock up on food and water
Canned and preserved goods such as stews, soups, canned meats, and vegetables can be heated on the grill. If you are using water from the tap during or after a storm, make sure to boil your water on the grill. This will remove any bacteria and make the water safe for drinking and food preparation.
3. Gather your tools
Store all the tools needed for cooking on a grill and serving food. In a large plastic bin, place pots, skillets, can openers, napkins, paper plates, plastic utensils, butane lighters, and recipes. Include an LED light source. For additional grilling tools that might be helpful for food storage and prep, visit our grilling accessories
4. Safety first
There are several safety steps you should follow in case of a storm. Before the storm arrives, be sure to secure your grill and propane tank against high winds. Secondly, you should never use the grill indoors or in a garage, as this could lead to fires. Lastly, never store or use a propane tank indoors. Any appliance fueled by gas, oil, kerosene, propane, wood or charcoal can create deadly carbon monoxide gas if used in enclosed areas.
To learn more about protective measures to take before, during and after a weather emergency, visit our storm preparedness page or FEMA’s public service page at Ready.gov