Hurricane Preparedness Tips

This year’s hurricane season began in June and lasts until November has the potential to cause significant damage to one’s home and business. September is within the peak of hurricane season. Hurricanes have the magnitude to change periodically, where even at times meteorologists have difficulty assessing the severity of the storm.

Please utilize the safety precautions below when preparing for a Hurricane:

  • Locate a safe room within your home. If asked to evacuate, the safest place may not be within your home but elsewhere in the community.

  • Formulate a family emergency plan to address responsibilities during a weather-related event.

  • Designate an escape route and meeting place in case you are separated from your family members.

  • Include pets in your planning – food, water, treats, leash, medications, carrier or cage.

  • Check your insurance coverage before the season begins to ask questions and understand your coverage’s.

  • Brace or board windows and doors, including other structures on the property (i.e. – sheds, barns, garages).

  • Remove any yard debris and secure outdoor furniture, trash cans, etc.

  • Make sure your vehicle(s) has a full tank of gas.

  • Emergency phone numbers should be stored in your mobile phone or posted near a landline. Make sure your children know how and when to dial 911.

    Prepare a Disaster Supply Kit – items to include:

  • Water – 1 gallon daily per person for 3-7 days

  • Non-perishable packaged or canned food for at least 3-7 days

  • Non-electric can opener

  • Cooking tools/fuel

  • Paper plates/plastic utensils

  • Blankets/pillows

  • Battery operated, portable radio

  • Clothing including rain gear and sturdy shoes

  • First aid kit/over-the-counter medicine and prescription medication

  • Toiletries, hygiene items, moisture wipes, antibacterial gel, diapers

  • Flashlights and batteries

  • Cell phones  - fully charged with extra battery and/or a traditional corded phone for a landline

  • Cash – include small bills and credit cards

  • Important documents in waterproof container including home/health, medical records, immunization records for pets, bank account numbers, etc.

  • Keys

  • Tools