Being prepared can help you and your family minimize the impact of a storm. The best time to start is before the threat is imminent.
Here are our top tips on what you can do to protect your property and yourself before and after any Hurricane season.
1. Stay informed.
Monitor any approaching storms at National Hurricane Center.
2. Prepare Your Home
Remove damaged trees and limbs.
Secure loose rain gutters, downspouts, windows, and doors, including the garage doors.
Take photos or video of the interior and exterior of your home to document the pre-storm condition of your home.
3. Plan the Basics
Know your evacuation route.
Make a disaster supply kit including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, a battery-operated or hand-crank radio.
Gather critical documents like identification, health insurance cards, car insurance cards, passports, wills, insurance policies, and any important contact information.
4. Make Sure You’re Covered
Review your current home and business insurance policies to ensure that you have adequate windstorm coverage as well as flood insurance.
5. What to do During the Storm
Remain inside at all times, even if the storm seems calm. Storm conditions can change or worsen quickly.
Shut all interior doors and stay away from windows and glass doors.
Seek shelter in an interior hallway, bathroom, or closet on the lowest level of your house or under something sturdy, like a well-constructed table.
6. What to do After the Storm
Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.
Stay away from debris and downed power lines.
Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. If you must, grab some tall rain boots or waders. Flood waters are often contaminated.
Photograph all damage to your property to document any insurance claim.
7. Know Your Resources