How do you prepare for hurricane season?
March 23, 2022 | Author: Megan Holdridge
The Atlantic Hurricane season is right around the corner, it starts June 1st to be exact! How do you prepare for hurricane season? Now, even though you may not be in an area where hurricanes occur, more than likely you will feel the aftereffects. High winds, flooding, thunderstorms, and tornadoes can occur once a hurricane has passed through. With storm season only a couple of months away, below are a few steps you can take now to prepare:
5 Steps to Prepare for Hurricane Season:
- Review your homeowner’s insurance plan.
Start a quick call or chat with your insurance provider to see what is included in your homeowner’s insurance plan. Not all plans cover for flooding!
- Check your supplies.
Make sure to check all flashlights are working, you have bottled water and non-perishable food items in the event of a drastic storm.
- Create an emergency plan.
In the event of a prolonged storm, create an emergency plan for you and your family. This can include copies of important documents, an evacuation plan if needed, even gathering emergency supplies such as first aid kits.
- Cut loose limbs from trees.
Get outside and take inventory of the trees in your yard. Are there branches that are dead or hanging, is a tree splitting? You can avoid damage to your home from high winds blowing down weakened tree branches.
- Call your local utility.
If someone in your home is on a life support device, call your local utility and check if they offer a program alerting storm restoration if there is someone in the home on a life support device. Reminder, that is not enough! You will want to make sure you have backup batteries, and an alternate place to stay if there is a prolonged outage.
Starting early can help save time, money, and provide safety to you and others in your home. Take the precautions now to ensure a safe storm season. You can also check out the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) for additional weather and climate updates.
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