June 1st marks the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. While forecasters are predicting less activity this year, this doesn’t mean we can let our guards down. Preparing for a hurricane early on allows for a more detailed plan which you can test and refine, and even helps avoid long lines at the store later.
Here are some basics you should include in your hurricane plan:
- One gallon of water, per person in your household, per day. A three-day minimum is suggested.
- Three-day supply of food. Make sure the food is non-perishable (i.e. canned goods) and if you have any pets keep them in mind as well.
- Manual can opener
- Any medications you, your family, or pets may need.
- Flashlights with extra batteries
- NOAA weather radio; preferably hand crank or if battery powered, make sure you have extra batteries.
- First-aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust Mask to filter contaminated air
- Wipes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Cell phone charger; preferably and inverter or solar charger.
- All members of the family should have emergency contact numbers including those for doctors, hospitals, local authorities, and an out of town contact as well. Save this information on all cell phones and have a written copy just in case.
- Talk to your family members about a “safe place” – somewhere in your home you can take cover in the event of a hurricane and where the supplies will be stored. It is important to practice this plan and include small children.
- Know your city’s evacuation routes and where hurricane shelters are located. Write them down and keep them with your supplies kit or another safe place. Prepare an “out of town” evacuation plan if possible, including at what point you would evacuate and where you would stay.
- Have all important documents including birth certificates, social security cards, passports, insurance policies, mortgage documents, medical records, etc. on hand and in a safe place.
Prepare Your Home
- Make sure your shutters are in working condition, or have plywood on hand to secure all windows and doors. Have plan for who will help install them if needed.
- Secure your garage door
- Prepare your landscaping by removing or trimming damaged trees
- Secure rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogs
- Purchase a portable generator or install a generator you can use in the case of a power outage
- Review your homeowners’ insurance policy to make sure it includes hurricane insurance and flood insurance.
It can take up to 30 days for some insurance policies to take effect, so the sooner you act the better.
If you need help reviewing your insurance needs, would like to add a flood insurance policy, or want to learn more about our new cost savings option for your hurricane deductible, contact a Preferred Link agent today.
For more tips on preparing your family and your home visit: www.ready.gov/hurricanes.