May 5-11, 2019 is Hurricane Preparedness Week. While we do not want another storm to come our way, it is important to be prepared each year. As we always say, it is easier to be prepared and not have an issue, than to not be prepared and have to act last minute.
The National Weather Service offers these tips to help prepare for the hurricane season:
- Determine your risk – hurricanes bring many hazards to U.S. coastlines and inland areas, including storm surge along the coast, inland flooding due to heavy rainfall, tornadoes, strong wind, rip currents and large waves.
- Develop an evacuation plan – find out today if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone. Plan where you’ll go and how you would get there. Leave immediately if ordered to evacuate and be sure to plan for your pets.
- Assemble Disaster Supplies – get your supplies before hurricane season begins. Have enough food and water for each person for at least three days. Be sure to fill your prescriptions and have medicine onhand. Radios, batteries and phone chargers on are also must haves. Gas up your vehicle and have extra cash on hand.
- Get an insurance checkup – check in with your insurance agent well before hurricane season. Remember that flood insurance must be obtained separately. Prepare your home and vehicles according to your policy, and know where your insurance documents are located – take them with you if you evacuate.
- Strengthen your home – there is a a lot you can do around your home to help protect it from the strong winds that come with hurricanes. Well ahead of the approaching storm, trim trees on your property, shop for approved window coverings, collect loose outdoor items, secure all doors on your property, and find a safe location for your vehicle.
- Help your neighbor – many people rely on the assistance of neighbors before and after hurricanes. Help your neighbors collect the supplies they’ll need before the storm. Assist them with evacuation if ordered to do so or check on them after it’s safe for you to head outside.
- Complete a written plan – writing down your plan will help you avoid mistakes when faced with an emergency and ensure everyone in your home is prepared for the storm.
Plan ahead. Be prepared. Stay safe.
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