Hurricanes are catastrophic, causing severe damage to homes and businesses. Relief efforts often cease long before an area has recovered and people are left with only local resources to recover.

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

Hurricane Season 2019 is well underway with Hurricane Dorian heading towards Florida! There will be more, and we want to help you prepare as much as possible to help protect you and your family.

Living along the coastline is a dream for many, and it should be. It’s beautiful! In fact, there is also evidence that there is a link between living near the coast and good health! If you do live along the coast, however, you had better have a plan in place to prepare for severe weather, especially hurricanes. Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over the water and move toward land bringing high winds, heavy rain and hail, flooding, and more. It’s important that you and your family have a plan in case of an emergency and are ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

According to the National Hurricane Center there are two key factors in protecting your family and your home during hurricanes:

  1. Preparing in advance. Having a family emergency plan and preparing your home
  2. Acting on those preparations when alerted by emergency officials

Hurricane Preparedness: What to Do Before a Hurricane

  1. Pay attention to local weather reports on radio, television, or the internet.
  2. Have an emergency supplies kit ready to go. Include things like a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information in case you must evacuate.
  3. Know where to go if you are forced to evacuate, including evacuation routes and emergency numbers.
  4. Have your house boarded up, or have storm shutters in place.
  5. Trees and branches will fall, so if possible trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
  6. Plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
  7. Make sure all of your tools, supplies, and first aid kit available for use.
  8. Have a secure room available. Here are details for a FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter.
  9. Be ready to put your plan and preparation into action!

Hurricane Preparedness: What to Do During a Hurricane

  • Listen for and follow evacuation orders from your local government officials.
  • Stay in a secure your secure room and stay away from windows.
  • Do not use the phone, or candles.
  • Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.
  • Make sure your cell phones are fully charged!
  • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary.
  • Monitor Weather and Civil Service Bulletins on either regular or NOAA radio.
  • Have your emergency supplies kit with you at all times.
  • Remain indoors when the eye moves over your area because the storm will resume shortly.

Hurricane Preparedness: What to Do After a Hurricane

  • Make sure that all everything is completely clear outside, and the storm has completely passed before leaving your room and stepping out, or before returning from evacuation.
  • Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.
  • Watch out and report debris and downed power lines, but stay away from them.
  • Avoid walking or even driving through flooded waters. Even 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and just one foot of fast-moving water can even sweep your vehicle away!
  • Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.

The most important thing is to keep everyone safe!

Hurricane Preparedness Resources

National Hurricane Center

FEMA – How to Prepare For A Hurricane

READY.GOV – Plan Ahead For Disasters

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