Disaster Preparation Tips For Gun Owners & Dealers Ahead of Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence Satellite Photo. (Photo Credit/NOAA)

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- The mid-Atlantic region, particularly locations along the coastal Carolinas and Virginia, is bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Florence in the coming days, a major hurricane with devastating potential, and those in the path of the storm need to prepare immediately.

The foremost priority is the safety of residents and family members, who should always have an emergency plan, be prepared and follow instructions from authorities regarding sheltering, evacuations and other measures. Especially when faced with severe weather that could force evacuations, gun owners must also consider storage and accountability of their firearms as part of their emergency plans.

Firearm storage is critical during severe weather events, not only from a security perspective but also to shield your firearms from the elements as much as possible. Consider gun safes with some degree of theft protection, water resistance and crush resistance to withstand flooding and structural collapses associated with hurricane damage. Additionally, consider either preparing your firearms for long-term storage and using a dehumidifier inside gun safes to help combat moisture introduced during hurricane conditions, as this could help stave off rust and water damage in the period following the tropical weather.

Know the gun laws of states you may travel through or to during evacuations.


Ensure your insurance policies are current and cover your firearms. While many homeowner’s policies cover firearms, you must document your collection, including photos of each firearm with make, model, serial number and information on the condition of the firearm. It is a good practice to record this information and save it in multiple places, including digitally, so it is not lost in the effects of catastrophic weather. Importantly, ensure your insurance provider has this updated information in your policy should firearms need to be replaced following severe weather events.

In the event you have to evacuate, you should make every attempt to bring firearms with you for safekeeping.

However, if this is not possible, consider storing your firearms using the aforementioned protection methods. It is advisable to remove the bolts or firing mechanisms from firearms you leave behind to prevent unauthorized use of the guns in the event they are taken in your absence.

Lastly, if you plan to evacuate out of state, understand that gun laws may differ starkly from laws where you live, and you should research the firearm laws in the areas where you will both travel through and at your destination.

NRA-ILA maintains an excellent database of gun laws by state that can provide this information. [1]

Have a plan on how to safely store your firearms during the storm, especially if you're leaving them behind.

Federal Firearm License (FFL) dealers should have disaster preparedness plans in place to protect and secure their firearm inventories through tropical weather events. Consult the ATF for further guidance.

Additionally, the National Shooting Sports Foundation offers valuable disaster preparation guidelines for FFL dealers, available by clicking here.

The National Rifle Association implores all citizens in areas impacted by the dangerous, forthcoming Hurricane Florence to make every effort to protect themselves, their families and their homes, and to heed the warnings and instructions of local authorities in order to keep everyone safe.

[1] Information provided in this release and on the NRA-ILA website is not intended as legal advice or a restatement of any particular set of laws. You must abide by all laws: state, federal, and local, and should consult with an attorney.

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  • 6 thoughts on “Disaster Preparation Tips For Gun Owners & Dealers Ahead of Hurricane Florence

    1. I hate the idea of itemizing my guns for my insurance agent, particularly in a state (like Va!) which is headed full-tilt jersey! Risk-vs-reward, I suppose. All in your POV.

    2. You might consider a good coating of Cosmoline or similar product. A bother to remove, but it works, or so the story goes.

    3. use expanding foam too seal the door and any hole for lights inside the safe then close and let it expand and seal …..also cover the lock and handle to seal out water………..good luck with storm it is a big one

    4. if you are leaving your guns in a safe for the time you are leaving …just a thought expanding foam….run a good bead around the safes door and close and lock put enough foam around the lock and handle enough too cover … it will help keep your stuff dry, and the lock dry..you may also have a hole in the bottom of your safe (for a light inside your safe
      be sure to check and fill the hole……..GOOD LUCK WITH THIS STORM……

    5. Thanks for the great advice!!! A lot of sportsmen and women are familiar with vacuum sealing. I say prep them for long term storage and get a Food Saver or other quality vacuum storage device and bag your guns, ammo and anything else you want “preserved”. My tip!

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