Hurricane season is underway and it’s important to make sure your home and family are prepared for times of inclement weather.
Keep your family safe by having a storm kit including:
- A list of contacts – family, public safety, hospitals, utilities and insurance
- Bottled water – one gallon per person per day
- A three day supply of non-perishable food
- First aid kit
- Garbage bags
- Moist towelettes
- Manual can opener
- Cell phone chargers
- Matches and candles
Develop a plan by asking yourself the following questions:
- Where should family go in case of an emergency?
- What will you do if utilities are shut off?
- What are the local evacuation routes?
Sample plans can be downloaded by visiting www.nhc.noaa.gov
Protect your home by taking the following steps:
- If necessary protect windows with plywood boards.
- Trim back any tree branches that may be too close to your home
- Confirm your insurance policies
- Understand how to manually shut off water and gas
It’s important to always heed the warnings of those in the public safety and weather departments. Prevention can go a long way to avoiding disaster. It’s better to be over prepared then caught off guard when bad weather strikes.
How do you prepare for hurricane season?