RV Weather Safety Tips: Hurricane Edition

FCIS Insurance RV Safety, Weather Safety

Summer is still in full swing and RV enthusiasts everywhere are traveling the country, enjoying their time with family, friends, and the great outdoors.  However, as peak hurricane seasons is fast approaching, RV safety should be on everyone’s minds.  Follow the safety tips below, and travel safe.

1.    Follow state and local instructions

This should go without saying, but if evacuation is recommended or ordered, evacuate.  Chances are if people are told to evacuate their houses for safety, you would do best to take your RV to a safer spot, as well.  Even if the locals are avoiding evacuation, remember that RVs can be in greater danger than the local houses—many of which are designed to withstand hurricanes—and nothing is proven by putting yourself in harm’s way.

2.    Choose the right spot

If there is the potential for a hurricane and evacuation isn’t suggested, location can make all the difference in coming out unscathed or making your next insurance claim.  Choose a spot with a lower chance of flooding, avoid parking near large trees, and make sure you can exit quickly and safely if needed. If there are any loose items near the campsite, tie them down or pack them away before they can become projectiles.

3.    Have an emergency kit

Keep your RV stocked with things like non-perishable food, bottled water, a first aid kit, any prescription medication, and personal hygiene products. Flashlights and portable radios are also handy to keep in the RV for emergencies, as well as extra batteries. Any necessary items should be kept on hand and safe from water damage. Stay on top of keeping the gas and other fluids filled, as well as maintaining regular upkeep on the RV.

4.    Avoid driving through water

Once the storm starts, it may be hard to resist the urge to try and outrun the storm.  However, driving through water can stall the engine and leave you stranded.  There is also the very real danger of being swept away by the water, of which rivers can appear seemingly out of nowhere.  Also avoid driving over any sand, as it can quickly become quicksand in the torrential rains of a hurricane.

5.    Secure all personal belongings

Belongings inside the RV and out should be safely secured.  Clothing and bedding should be placed in waterproof containers, and insurance papers and other important documents should be laminated or otherwise kept safe from water damage. Windows, cabinets, doors, and vents should be closed tightly, as well.  You can also secure your personal belongings financially by having a complete list of items with you, and checking that all personal belongings are covered by RV insurance.