If you live in Hurricane prone areas, now is your time to get prepared before Hurricane season begins on June 1st. We are currently in National Hurricane Preparedness week, so we wanted to share a guide for all you need to know in order to prepare for a hurricane, stay safe during a hurricane, and what to do when returning.
How to Prepare for a Hurricane:
- Make an emergency plan - Make sure everyone in your household knows and understands your hurricane plan.
- Know your evacuation zone - Learn your local evacuation routes and practice with household, pets, and identify where you will stay.
- Strengthen your home - Declutter drains and gutters, bring in outside furniture, consider hurricane shutters.
- Review important documents - Make sure you have up to date copies of personal ID's, insurance documents, etc.
- Gather supplies - Make sure you have enough supplies for your household. Water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries, etc. Don't forget to include medication, disinfectant supplies, masks, pet supplies in your go bag or car trunk. After a hurricane, you may not have access to these supplies for days or even weeks.
- Get tech ready - Purchase backup charging devices to power electronics and be able to stay up to date with forecasts.
- Help your neighborhood - Check with neighbors, seniors or those who may need help securing hurricane plans and protection for their homes
Stay Safe During a Hurricane:
- Stay informed
- Recognize warnings and alerts
- Dealing with weather appropriately
- Personal safety
Returning Home After a Hurricane:
- Listen to local officials
- Be careful during clean up
- Wear protective clothing/gear
- Do not touch electrical equipment
- Avoid flooding water
- Save phone calls for emergencies
- Document any property damage
- Engage with your community