An essential part of hurricane preparation is having a plan for your family long before a storm arrives. Once the storm arrives, it is too late to start thinking about contingencies and making plans for your family’s safety. Your basic plan can be re-used each year, but make sure to review your plan each year and make any updates necessary.
Although every family’s hurricane preparation plan will be different, here are some recommendations to help better prepare for a storm:
- Know ahead of time if you will evacuate and if so, where you will go if you do evacuate. Be familiar with evacuation routes and stay connected to local news broadcasts for the latest tropical storm information.
- Have supplies ready to go, or if you plan to stay and weather the storm, make sure your home is well stocked with enough hurricane supplies to get you through the storm and the aftermath.
- If you are going to evacuate, make sure you have any important papers – like home insurance documents, medical insurance cards and prescription medications.
- Make sure you have plenty of cash on hand and that your car has a full tank of gas. If the power goes out for any extended period of time, you may not be able to access ATMs or re-fill your car’s gas tank.
- Make sure to pack all necessary clothes for the time you believe you may be away from your home, as well as personal hygiene products, cell phone chargers, and a list of any important telephone numbers you think you may need.
- Make sure that all of your family members have a designated contact person (outside the area affected by the storm) to make contact with after the storm.
It should only take a few minutes to make a hurricane preparation plan, but having a plan will provide peace of mind once the storm hits and may help protect the safety of your family. If you have any questions about how to protect your family or property from storm damage, please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to assist you and to answer any questions you may have.
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